Following a year of financial and organizational tumult leading to the indictment of its president and the resignation of its board of trustees, the James Beard Foundation held its 15th annual awards ceremony honoring chefs, restaurateurs, and cookbooks authors on Monday, May 2 (a separate awards ceremony for journalists was held on Friday, April 29).
Taking top honors was chef Mario Batali, above, who was named "All-Clad Cookware Outstanding Chef." Danny Meyer, owner of the Union Square Hospitality Group, was named "Waterford Wedgewood Outstanding Restaurateur." The prize for "S. Pellegrino Outstanding Restaurant Award" went to New Orleans' Galatoire's restaurant. Locally, Andrew Carmellini of Cafe Boulud was named "American Express Best Chef: New York City."
Click here for a PDF listing all the winners in all categories.
Photo: James Beard Foundation.