2013 James Beard Awards: The Best of The Best Chefs

Danny BowienWho were the big winners at the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards? The nation’s most prestigious recognition program honors professionals in the food and beverage industries. During a ceremony hosted by popular American actor Oliver Platt at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, awards in the Restaurant and Chef and the Design categories were presented, as well as a number of special achievement awards including Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, and America’s Classics.

Outstanding Chef: (tie) David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC, and Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill, NYC

Rising Star Chef: Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco and NYC

Best New Restaurant: State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

In addition, special achievement award honorees included:

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America: Eric Asimov (Journalist and Author, NYC); Dorothy Kalins (Editor, NYC); Barbara Lynch (Chef and Restaurateur, Boston); Zarela Martinez (Chef and Restaurateur, NYC); Michael Mina (Chef and Restaurateur, San Francisco); Bill Yosses (Pastry Chef and Author, Washington, D.C.)

America’s Classics: Kramarczuk’s, Minneapolis (Owner: Orest Kramarczuk); Frank Fat‘s, Sacramento, CA (Owners: The Fat family); Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Nashville (Owner: Andre Prince Jeffries); C.F. Folks, Washington, D.C. (Owner: Art Carlson); Keens Steakhouse, NYC (Owner: George Schwarz)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Cecilia Chiang (Chef and Restaurateur, San Francisco)

Humanitarian of the Year: Emeril Lagasse(James Beard Award–Winning Chef and Restaurateur, New Orleans)

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