James Beard Award Winners


On Monday night, The James Beard Foundation wrapped up its two-day awards ceremony recognizing excellence in journalism and the food industry.

The awards ceremony for journalists took place on Sunday. Notably, the San Francisco Chronicle took the award for Best Newspaper Food Section, and David Leite's Leite's Culinaria received the award for best Website for Food, a new category offered this year. For more details on the winners in all categories, head to Romenesko (via eater).

Cookbook authors, chefs, and restaurants were honored on Monday. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, won Cookbook of the Year. Among the other cookbook winners were Suzanne Goin, who won for her Sunday Suppers at Lucques in the Cooking from a Professional Point of View category, Jill Norman, whose The Cook's Book won in the general category, and Mario Batali, who took the prize for International Cookbook for Molto Italiano.

Among the chefs and restaurants honored were Gotham Bar & Grill's Alfred Portale, who took home the award for Outstanding Chef, Danny Meyer, who won the Best New Restaurant award for The Modern, and Blue Hill's Dan Barber, who won for Best Chef: New York.

For more on the rest of the winners, sort through pages of the James Beard Foundation website. Or, better yet, peruse food writer/blogger Ed Levine's live-blogging of the event -- from the thrill of victory ("Best Chef NY - Dan Barber. I predicted this one. He is one of the most thoughtful and articulate chefs around.") to the agony of defeat ("Writings About Food. Kitchen Sisters did not win this one either. There is no justice.").

Update: Fresh from the press release, a complete listing of all the winners, after the jump.

2006 Journalism Award Winners

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award Jay McInerney, Departures, "Will Alain Ducasse Take Over the World?" 7-8/05

Newspaper Section with circulation under 300,000 The Denver Post (Kristen Browning-Blas)

Newspaper Section with circulation 300,000 and above San Francisco Chronicle (Miriam Morgan and Linda Murphy)

Internet Writing on Food, Restaurant, Beverage, or Nutrition Sara Dickerman, Slate Magazine, "Down with Gloves: Why Chefs Shouldn't Have to Wear Them"

Newspaper or Magazine Reporting on Nutrition or Food-Related Consumer Issues Jonathan Kauffman, East Bay Express (San Francisco), "Endangered Species"

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs With or Without Recipes Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), "The Natural"

Newspaper Restaurant Review or Critique Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, "Great Balls O' Rice", "Raw Power", "The Revolutionary"

Newspaper Feature Writing With Recipes Carolynn Carreño, Los Angeles Times, "Cubism Makes a Comeback"

Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes Kristen Hinman, Riverfront Times (St. Louis) "Something Fishy"

Newspaper or Magazine Columns Pete Wells, Food & Wine, Always Hungry: "Four Star Baby Food", "Can a Great Restaurant be Cloned?", "Is Lard Health Food?"

Newspaper Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer Dara Moskowitz City Pages (Minneapolis), "Wine & Dine 2005: The World in a Bottle: New Tastes From the Old World"

Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes Dorie Greenspan, Bon Appétit, "When French Women Bake."

Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly, "Confessions of a Skinny Bitch"

Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique Patric Kuh, Los Angeles Magazine, "In the Raw", "Steak Out", "Seaworld"

Magazine Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer Pete Wells, Food & Wine, "A Cocktail Purist"

Website for Food (New Award Category) leitesculinaria.com (David Leite and Linda Avery)

2006 Book Awards

Cookbook of the Year Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio)

Cookbook Hall of Fame An Invitation to Indian Cooking Author (Madhur Jaffrey)

Baking and Desserts Dough: Simple Contemporary Bread (Richard Bertinet)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View Sunday Suppers at Lucques (Suzanne Goin)

Entertaining and Special Occasions Simple Soirées: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties (Peggy Knickerbocker)

Food of the Americas The New American Cooking (Joan Nathan)

General The Cook's Book (Jill Norman)

Healthy Focus Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health (Nina Simonds)

International Molto Italiano (Mario Batali)

Reference Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best (Max McCalman and David Gibbons)

Single Subject Bones: Recipes, History & Lore Author (Jennifer McLagan)

Wine and Spirits Whiskey (Michael Jackson)

Writings on Food Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio)

Photography Nobu Now (photography by Eiichi Takahashi)

2006 Broadcast Media Awards

Television Food Show, National How to Cook Everything Host: Mark Bittman Network: PBS (American Public Television) Producer: Charles Pinsky Category: Television Food Special Chefs A' Field: Featuring Four Chefs Network: PBS (American Public Television) Producers: Heidi Hanson and Chris Warner

Television Food Show, Local Bay Cafe Host: Joey Altman Network: KRON (San Francisco Bay Area) Producers: Christa Resing

Television Food Segment, National or Local ABC 7 News at 11:00 (a.m.) Host: Steve Dolinsky Network: WLS-TV (ABC), Chicago, N.W. Indiana, S.W. Michigan, S.E. Wisconsin Producer: Badriyyah Waheed

Radio Food Show The Leonard Lopate Show Host: Leonard Lopate Area: WNYC (National, XM Satellite) Producer: Melissa Waldron-Lehner

Webcast (New Award Category) Spatulatta.com Hosts: Isabella Gerasole and Olivia Gerasole Website: www.spatulatta.com Producer: Gaylon Emerzian

2006 Restaurant and Chef Awards

Outstanding Restaurateur Daniel Boulud

Outstanding Restaurant The French Laundry

Best New Restaurant The Modern

Rising Star Chef Corey Lee, The French LaundryO

Outstanding Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini, Jean Georges

Outstanding Wine Service Aureole, Las Vegas, Wine Director: William Sherer

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Daniel Johnne

Outstanding Service Award Gary Danko, Chef/Owner: Gary Danko

Best Chef: California Suzanne Goin, Lucques

Best Chef: Mid-atlantic Fabio Trabocchi, Maestro at The Ritz-Carlton

Best Chef: Midwest Shawn McClain, Spring

Best Chef: New York City Dan Barber, Blue Hill

Best Chef: Northeast Jean-Louis Gerin, Jean-Louis

Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii Scott Carsberg, Lampreia

Best Chef: Southeast John Besh, Restaurant August

Best Chef: Southwest Bradford Thompson, Mary Elaine's at The Phoenician

America's Classics Barney Greengrass, Bowens Island Restaurant, Hamura's Saimin Stand, John's Roast Pork, Lagomarcino's, Louie Mueller BBQ, Polly's Pancake Parlor, Taylor's Automatic Refresher,

Humanitarian of the Year The restaurants of New Orleans for their heroic resilience, their generosity toward relief workers and the support of their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

2006 Design and Graphics Awards

Outstanding Restaurant Design Bentel & Bentel (for The Modern)

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics Mucca Design Corporation (for Sant Ambroeus)



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