10 May 2011

2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Winners

The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Winners were announced on May 9th.

The highlights in the top categories are:

Outstanding Chef: Jose Andres (minibar, Washington, D.C.)

Outstanding Restaurant: Eleven Madison Park (NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer)

Rising Star Chef: Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Portland, OR)

Best New Restaurant: ABC Kitchen (NYC, Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Owner: Phil Suarez)

"Industry leaders from across the country attended the highly-anticipated festivities, which celebrated this year's Awards theme of "The Ultimate Melting Pot," a tribute to the nation's wonderfully diverse food culture, a mosaic of influences from many lands, as described by James Beard himself in American Cookery, in which he acknowledged the unique character of American food that resulted from the varied backgrounds of American citizens.  In a nod to this year's theme, the Foundation invited both chefs who have emigrated from various places to America as well as chefs born in America that have been inspired by international cuisines to present dishes that reflect the country's multi-cultural influences.  At the Gala Reception immediately following the Awards Ceremony, guests enjoyed a dine-around gala prepared by these notable chefs, including many of this year's winners and nominees, among them Jose Andres, Saipin Chutima, Tyson Cole, Andy Ricker and Michael Solomonov."

For all the other winners and further information visit JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS 2011.