At the event last Monday at Avery Fisher Hall, NYC took home the lion’s share of awards (no surprise, really):
Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2009 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and
service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Chef/Partner: Michael White
Partner: Chris Cannon
Outstanding Chef Award
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and
who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have
been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.
Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a
national standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs
or bakers for at least the past 5 years.
Outstanding Restaurant Award
A restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for
consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must
have been in operation for at least 10 consecutive years.
Chef/Owner: Daniel Boulud
Owner: Joel Smilow
Outstanding Restaurateur Award
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations
and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for
at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard
Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.
Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern,
Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller’s
Outstanding Service Award
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service.
Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past 5 years.
Chef/Owner: Grant Achatz
Outstanding Wine Service Award
A restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well presented
wine list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must
have been in operation for at least 5 years.
Wine Director: Bernard Sun
Best Chef: Great Lakes
(IL, IN, MI, OH)
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
(D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Best Chef: Midwest
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Best Chef: New York City
Eleven Madison Park
Best Chef: Northeast
(CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier
Best Chef: Northwest
(AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Best Chef: Pacific
Los Gatos, CA
Best Chef: South
(AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Best Chef: Southeast
(GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Best Chef: Southwest
(AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)
Claude Le Tohic
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino