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James Beard Award 2007 winners announced

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The James Beard Awards annually recognize excellence in the food industry, honoring cookbooks, chefs, journalists, big-name restaurants and even small, local restaurants. The 2007 winners have just been announced and include:

  • Best Newspaper Food Section: The San Francisco Chronicle
  • Best Website Focusing on Food: Leite’s Culinaria
  • Cookbook Hall of Fame: The Moosewood Cookbook
  • Cookbook of the Year: The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook
  • Outstanding Restaurant of the Year: Frontera Grill (Chicago)
  • Outstanding Chef Award: Michel Richard (Citronelle, Washington D.C.)
  • Best New Restaurant: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (NY)
  • Outstanding Restaurateur: Thomas Keller
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, NY)
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Michael Laskonis(Le Bernardin, NY)
  • Outstanding Service Award: Tru (Chicago)
  • Outstanding Wine Service: Michel Richard (Citronelle)
  • Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Paul Draper (Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, CA)
  • Best Chefs in America (one from each of 10 regions): Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, IL); TIE R.J. Cooper (Vidalia, Washington D.C.) and Frank Ruta (Palena, Washington D.C.); Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, San Francisco, CA); Nobuo Fukuda (Sea Saw, Scottsdale, AZ); Donald Link (Herbsaint, New Orleans, LA); Scott Peacock (Watershed, Decatur, GA); Frank McClelland (L’Espalier, Boston, MA); John Sundstrom (Lark, Seattle, WA); Celina Tio (The American Restaurant, Kansas City, MO); and David Waltuck (Chanterelle).
  • Humanitarian of the Year: Art Smith
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Barbara Kafka
  • America’s Classics Awards (six small, regional restaurants): Aunt Carrie’s (Narragansett, RI); Brookville Hotel (Abilene, KS); Doe’s Eat Place (Greenville, MS); The Pickwick (Duluth, MN); Primanti Brothers (Pittsburgh, PA); and Weaver D’s (Athens, GA).

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  • Kalyn
    May 8, 2007

    The mother of John Sundstrom from Lark in Seattle lives across the street from me, and she’s beaming with pride!

  • Cara
    May 9, 2007

    cool to see a local name on there, Primanti’s in Pittsburgh! good bad for you eating! ha!

  • shuna fish lydon
    May 9, 2007

    thanks for posting this!
    I’m sending out my congratulatory emails now. it’s such an exciting time for the industry.
    Like we’ve all been sprinkled with faerie dust.

    See you in Chicago?

  • Anonymous
    February 23, 2008

  • Townsend
    August 28, 2009

    Nice post! GA is also my biggest earning. However, it’s not a much.

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