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Announcing the 2008 James Beard Award Winners

Yesterday, the VIPs of the culinary community took off their chef's coats and headed down the red carpet to their very own awards show. Considered the Oscars of eating, the James Beard Awards are the food world's most prestigious honors. With categories covering the entire spectrum of the industry — cookbooks, journalism, chefs, restaurants, and media — the event brought out the best of the best.

The big winner of the night was Chicago's Grant Achatz, who was voted the nation's top chef by the foundation. Other winners include Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich for outstanding restaurateurs and San Francisco's Craig Stoll of Delfina for best chef in the Pacific.


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To take a look at a list of winners and a gallery of the celebs on the red carpet, including Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Katie Lee Joel, Wylie Dufresne, Kim Cattrall, Jacques Pepin, and Todd English,

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  • Outstanding Restaurateur Award
    Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca; New York, NY
  • Outstanding Chef Award
    Grant Achatz, Alinea; Chicago, IL
  • Outstanding Restaurant Award
    Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY; Owner: Danny Meyer
  • Best New Restaurant
    Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC; Chef/Owner: Michel Richard
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year Award
    Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud, New York, NY
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
    Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, Tartine Bakery; San Francisco, CA
  • Outstanding Wine Service Award
    Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY; Wine Director: John Ragan
  • Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award
    Terry Theise, Terry Theise Estate Selections; Silver Spring, MD
  • Outstanding Service Award
    Terra, St. Helena, CA; Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani

For more details, check out the official list of categories, nominees, and award winners.


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luxington luxington 7 years
Jose Garces was robbed! Robbed I say!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Love the article, glad to see some CA people in there.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Oh..we just made reservations at Babbo and at Gramercy Tavern for our upcoming trip to New York. Yay!
silly3 silly3 7 years
That's so fantastic to hear that Grant Achatz won! There was a recent New Yorker profile on him and he has (hopefully it's "had" now) been struggling with tongue cancer, so I hope things are on the up and up for him.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I'm going to Alinea on Friday...who's jealous of me?
WineUnleashed WineUnleashed 7 years
MY FAVORITES AND VERY DESERVED IMHO * Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award Terry Theise, Terry Theise Estate Selections; Silver Spring, MD Terry Theise is responsible for importint in the hard to find varietals such as Gruner Veltline and Zweigelt. He specializes in German and Austrian wines. Phenonomal finds. * Outstanding Service Award Terra, St. Helena, CA; Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani This two people work very hard at their craft and can still stay married. Their restaurant in San Francisco is also amazing... AME
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