Monday night’s James Beard Foundation Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center brought a lot of glory to a lot of very deserving chefs, restaurateurs and restaurants.
Our newest favorite restaurant in Manhattan (overseen by one of our favorite chefs), Marea, took home the glory as Best New Restaurant. Congratulations, Michael White, you and your team definitely deserve kudos for opening a high-end seafood emporium during a recession and maintaining the highest level of service and cuisine in a consistently welcoming environment. We also love Marea’s sommelier Sophie Leibowitz, who introduced us to a fabulous wine, the 2005 Argiolas Korem from Sardegna.
Keith McNally was awarded Restaurateur of the Year for the ongoing success of his vast array of restaurants, including our favorite for brunch, Morandi.
And Eleven Madison Park‘s chef Daniel Humm won Best Chef (NYC-Five Boroughs), another coup for the Union Square Hospitality Group and Danny Meyer.
The best wine service award went to Jean Georges, Daniel won for Outstanding Restaurant, and Tom Colicchio took home the “foodie Oscar” for Outstanding Chef for Craft. The fabulously creative Alinea from Chicago was honored with the Outstanding Service Award.
The award ceremony theme was “legacy” and this carried over to the new chefs, nominated by their mentors (all James Beard winners in their own right), and to the legacy of American regional restaurants with accolades given to small but enduring American classics like Al’s French Frys in Vermont and The Bright Star in Alabama.
The Gala—attended by the 1,600 guests on two floors—had some wonderful choices, from Spago‘s duck pastrami with pickled rhubarb to Marinus restaurant’s diver scallops with Dungeness crab. Other highlights included Donald Link’s (Cochon, New Orleans) crawfish remoulade crostini and Kevin Binkley’s (Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ) bacon soup.
See a complete list of the James Beard Award Winners & Nominees.
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