2011 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Best New Restaurant(Presented by Mercedes-Benz)
A restaurant opened in 2010 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Owners: Paulette Cole, ABC Home and Phil Suarez
Outstanding Chef AwardA working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.
minibar by josé andrés
Outstanding Pastry Chef AwardA chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a national standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.
Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding Restaurant AwardA restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.
Eleven Madison Park
Owner: Danny Meyer
Outstanding Restaurateur AwardA working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Outstanding Service Award(Presented By Stella Artois)
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past 5 years.
Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller and Laura Cunningham
Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award(Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York)
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least 5 years.
Julian P. Van Winkle, III
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Outstanding Wine Service AwardA restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 5 years.
Wine Director: Belinda Chang
Rising Star Chef of the Year AwardA chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact in the industry in years to come.
Best Chefs in America(Presented by Groupon)
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Each candidate may be employed by any kind of dining establishment and must have been a working chef for at least the past 5 years. The 3 most recent years must have been spent in the region where the chef is presently working.
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)Alex Young
Ann Arbor, MI
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA )Michael Solomonov
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)Isaac Becker
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)Gabrielle Hamilton
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE , RI, VT)Tony Maws
Craigie On Main
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA , WY)Andy Ricker
Best Chef: Pacific (CA, HI)Michael Tusk
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA , MS)Stephen Stryjewski
Best Chef: Southeast (GA , KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)Andrea Reusing
Chapel Hill, NC
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX , UT)Saipin Chutima
Lotus of Siam
2011 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America InducteesJonathan Gold
Writer, LA Weekly
Farmer/ Owner, Chef’s Garden
Chef/Owner, The Slanted Door
Chef/Owner, Highlands Bar and Grill
CEO, Patina Restaurant Group
2011 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards(Presented by The Coca-Cola Company)
Restaurants with timeless appeal, beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Establishments must have been in existence at least 10 years and be locally owned.
111 South Albion Place, Atlantic City, NJ
Owners: Louise Esposito, Michael Esposito, Michael Esposito Jr., Louis Esposito
610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Owner: Gene Hamer
Noriega Restaurant and Hotel
525 Sumner St., Bakersfield, CA
Owners: Linda Elizalde McCoy and Rochelle Ladd
Le Veau d’Or
129 East 60th Street, NYC
Owner: Robert Tréboux
Watts Tea Shop
761 N. Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
President and CEO: Sam Watts