David Chang
Last night the who's who of the food world all came out for the James Beard Foundation Awards. If you're not sure what that is, let me just say that it's sort of like the Oscars of the food world. They give awards to several categories of cookbooks, journalism, chefs, media, and more (including humanitarian & lifetime achievement awards). The "They" is a group of Awards Committees consisting of food-industry professionals. The judges are chosen by the committees and choose the winners by reviewing all entries and voting via secret ballot. Oh and just to be fair, if you're a judge, you can't enter to win in that category.

So now that all the rules and regulations are spelled out let's talk about the winners. The big "star" of the night was David Chang (pictured) of Momofuku in New York who won the award for Rising Star Chef of Year. Also noteworthy was Traci Des Jardins of Rubicon here in San Francisco, she was one of the few female chefs to win anything (she won the Pacific regional award for Best Chef).

For the list of winners and a gallery of folks on the red carpet, including: Martha Stewart, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi with NY's Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Salman Rushdie and Bobby Flay (who was inducted into the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America), read more

Winners list after the gallery. Check out the James Beard Foundation website for a full list of winners (including nominees).

    RESTAURANT AND CHEF AWARDS

  • Outstanding Restaurateur Award
    Thomas Keller of The French Laundry
  • Outstanding Chef Award
    Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle
  • Outstanding Restaurant Award
    Frontera Grill Chef/Owners: Rick and Deann Bayless
  • Best New Restaurant
    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Rising Star Chef Of The Year
    David Chang of Momofuku Noodle Bar
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
    Michael Laskonis of Le Bernardin
  • Outstanding Wine Service Award
    Michel Richard Citronelle - Wine Director: Mark Slater
  • Outstanding Wine And Spirits Professional Award
    Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards
  • Outstanding Service Award
    Tru Owners: Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman
    BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA
  • Best Chef: Great Lakes
    Grant Achatz Of Alinea
  • Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
    R. J. Cooper III of Vidalia
    Frank Ruta of Palena
  • Best Chef: Midwest
    Celina Tio of The American Restaurant
  • Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
    David Waltuck of Chanterelle
  • Best Chef: Northeast
    Frank Mcclelland of L’espalier

  • Best Chef: Northwest
    John Sundstrom of Lark
  • Best Chef: Pacific
    Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière
  • Best Chef: Southeast
    Scott Peacock of Watershed
  • Best Chef: Southwest
    Nobuo Fukuda of Sea Saw
  • Best Chef: South
    Donald Link of Herbsaint
    AMERICA’S CLASSICS

  • Aunt Carrie’s Owner: Elsie Foy
  • Brookville Hotel Owners: Mark and Connie Martin
  • Doe’s Eat Place Owners: The Signa Family
  • The Pickwick Owner: Christopher Wisocki
  • Primanti Brothers President: Demetrios Patrinos
  • Weaver D’s Owner: Dexter Weaver
    BOOK AWARDS

  • Cookbook of the Year
    The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook
    Matt Lee and Ted Lee
  • Cookbook Hall of Fame
    Moosewood Cookbook
    Mollie Katzen
  • Asian Cooking
    Cradle of Flavor
    James Oseland
  • Baking and Desserts
    Baking: From My Home to Yours
    Dorie Greenspan
  • Cooking from a Professional Point of View
    Grand Livre de Cuisine: Alain Ducasse’s Desserts and Pastries
    Alain Ducasse and Frédéric Robert
  • Entertaining and Special Occasions
    The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining
    Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
  • Food of the Americas
    The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook
    Matt Lee and Ted Lee
  • General
    Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day
    Roy Finamore
  • Healthy Focus
    Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way
    Lorna Sass
  • International
    The Soul of a New Cuisine
    Marcus Samuelsson
  • Reference
    What to Eat
    Marion Nestle
  • Single Subject
    The Essence of Chocolate
    John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg
  • Wine and Spirits
    Romancing the Vine
    Alan Tardi
  • Writing on Food
    The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    Michael Pollan
  • Photography
    Michael Mina
    Photographer: Karl Petzke
    HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Art Smith
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Barbara Kafka
    WHO’S WHO OF FOOD & BEVERAGE IN AMERICA

  • José Andrés
  • Jim Clendenen
  • Bobby Flay
  • Dorie Greenspan
  • Michael Pollan

Full list of winners - including nominees

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