James Beard Award Winners 2008

The 2008 James Beard Awards for America’s best restaurants, chefs and other industry notables were handed out on Sunday night, June 8 in Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Check out the menus of winning restaurants and chefs.

Outstanding restaurateur
Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
New York City
Outstanding chef
Grant Achatz
Chicago, Illinois
Outstanding restaurant
Owner: Danny Meyer
Gramercy Tavern
New York City
Best new restaurant
Chef/Owner: Michel Richard
Central Michel Richard
Washington, D.C.
Rising star chef of the year
Gavin Kaysen
Café Boulud
New York City
Outstanding pastry chef
Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
Tartine Bakery
San Francisco
Best chef: Pacific
Craig Stoll
San Francisco
Best chef: Mid-Atlantic
Eric Ziebold
Washington, D.C.

Best chef: Midwest
Adam Siegel
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Best chef: Great Lakes
Carrie Nahabedian
Chicago, Illinois
Best chef: New York City
David Chang
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Best chef: Northeast
Patrick Connolly
Boston, Massachusetts
Best chef: Northwest

Holly Smith
Café Juanita
Kirkland, Washington

Best chef: Southeast
Robert Stehling
Hominy Grill
Charleston, South Carolina
Best chef: Southwest
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Frasca Food and Wine
Boulder, Colorado
Best chef: South
Michelle Bernstein
Miami, Florida
Outstanding wine service
Wine Director: John Ragan
Eleven Madison Park
New York City

Outstanding service
Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani
St. Helena, California

American Classics Awards
Owner: Judy Astbury
Bagaduce Lunch
19 Bridge Road (Route 176), Brooksville, Maine

Owner: Irma Galvan
Irma's Restaurant
22 N. Chenevert Street, Houston, Texas

Owner: Jean Nakayama
304 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle, Washington

Owner: Robert Flam
7501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, Florida

Owner: Joseph DiBuono
Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap
1073 Vernon Park Place, Chicago, Illinois


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