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2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

James Beard Foundation Awards 2012
The James Beard Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has announced the winners for its annual awards. The annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception took place on May 4 & 7 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Read the GAYOT blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

See our exclusive interview with Vice President Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation.

Summary of the 2012 James Beard Award Winners:

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT

WINNER:
Boulevard, San Francisco

NOMINEES:

Balthazar, New York City
Blue Hill
, New York City
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Vetri, Philadelphia

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OUTSTANDING CHEF
presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters, LLC

WINNER:
Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, New York City

NOMINEES:

David Chang, Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York City
Gary Danko, Gary Danko, San Francisco
Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles


OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR

WINNER:
Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants (Seattle)

NOMINEES:

Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon
Piero Selvaggio, Valentino Restaurant Group (Santa Monica, CA)
Caroline Styne, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern, Los Angeles
Phil SuareZ, Suarez Restaurant Group

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
presented by Mercedes-Benz

WINNER:
Next Restaurant, Chicago

NOMINEES:

AQ Restaurant & Bar, San Francisco
Fiola, Washington, D.C.
Isa, New York City
Tertulia, New York City


RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
presented by Jade Range

WINNER:
Christina Tosi, Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar, New York City

NOMINEES:

Dave Beran, Next Restaurant, Chicago
Daniel Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco
Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water, San Francisco
Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's, New Orleans

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF

WINNER:
Mindy Segal, HotChocolate, Chicago

NOMINEES:

Joanne Chang, flour bakery + café, Boston
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Ghaya Oliveira, Boulud Sud, New York City


OUTSTANDING CHEF, REGIONAL
presented by Groupon


GREAT LAKES:

WINNER:
Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago

Michael Carlson, Schwa, Chicago
Stephanie Izard, Girl & The Goat, Chicago

Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, OH
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago


MID-ATLANTIC:

WINNER:
Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Va.
Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.
Peter Pastan, Obelisk, Washington, D.C.
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.


MID-WEST:

WINNER:
Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI

Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee
Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, Mo.
Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul


NEW YORK CITY:

WINNER:
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern

April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
Wylie Dufresne, wd-50
Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Michael White, Marea


NORTHEAST:

WINNER:
Tim Cushman, o ya, Boston

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY
Matt Jennings, La Laiterie, Providence
Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT


NORTHWEST:

WINNER:
Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce, Seattle

Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle
Christopher Israel, Grüner, Portland, OR
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR
Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, Ore.

PACIFIC:

WINNER:
Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville, CA
Chris Cosentino, Incanto, San Francisco
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood,
St. Helena, CA
Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco


SOUTH:

WINNER:
Christopher Hastings, Hot & Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, Ala.

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans
John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans
Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans


SOUTHEAST:

WINNERS:
Hugh Acheson, Five & Ten, Athens, Ga.
Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta

Craig Deihl, Cypress: A Lowcountry Grille, Charleston, SC
Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY
Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN



SOUTHWEST:

WINNER:
Paul Qui, Uchiko, Austin

Bruce Auden, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio
Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ

Bruno Davaillon, The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver
Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston


OUTSTANDING SERVICE
presented by Stella Artois

WINNER:
La Grenouille, New York City

NOMINEES:

Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Spiaggia, Chicago
Topolobampo, Chicago


OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM

WINNER:
No. 9 Park, Boston

NOMINEES:

A16, San Francisco
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
Emeril's, New Orleans


OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL
presented by Southern Wine & Spirits

WINNER:
Paul Grieco, Terroir, New York City

NOMINEES:

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Wines, Sebastopol, Calif.
Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, New York City
Neal Rosenthal, Mad Rose Group, Pine Plains, NY



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