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.
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller's Liquor Bar
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Myriad Restaurant Group
Starr Restaurant Organization
OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARDPresented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
A 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.
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.
Chef/Owner: Mario Batali
Owner: Joe Bastianich
Chef/Owner: Nancy Oakes
Owner: Pat Kuleto
Chef/Owner: Sam Hayward
Owner: Victor Leon and Dana Street
Highlands Bar & Grill
Chef/Owner: Frank Stitt
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Owner: Phil Suarez
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 on the industry in years to come.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTPresented by Lexus
A restaurant opened in 2008 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Chef/Owner: José Andrés
Owners: Sam Narian and Philippe Starck
Chef: Laurent Gras
Owner: Richard Melman
Chef/Owner: David Chang
Chef/Owner: Scott Conant
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARDPresented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
A 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.
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
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: Brian Duncan
Wine Director: Andy Chabot
Wine Director: Aldo Sohm
Wine Director: Eric Espuny
Picasso at Bellagio
Wine Director: Robert Smith
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARDPresented by Southern Wine & Spirits
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.
Dale DeGroff Co., Inc.
Merry Edwards Wines
The Brooklyn Brewery
John Shafer and Doug Shafer
Julian P. Van Winkle, III
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDPresented 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.
Owners: Daniel Boulud and Joel Smilow
Emeril's New Orleans
Owner: Emeril Lagasse
Owners: Charles Masson and Giséle Masson
Owner: Larry Levy
Owners: Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin