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NYC fares well in James Beard awards

May 5, 2009 | 12:24 pm

Cyrus New York restaurants took most of the top prizes Monday night at the annual James Beard Foundation awards ceremony in Lincoln Center. Dan Barber of Blue Hill was named outstanding chef; Jean Georges, owned by Phil Suarez and Jean-Georges Vongerichten -- who also is the chef -- was named outstanding restaurant. And Momofuku Ko, with chef-owners David Chang and Peter Serpico, was named best new restaurant. Gina DePalma of Babbo  was named best pastry chef.

Of the national awards, the only West Coast winner was Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco, who was named rising-star chef: someone 30 or younger who shows “an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.”

Named best chef in the Pacific region was Douglas Keane of Cyrus, in Healdsburg, Calif.

Named to the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America were chef David Burke, journalist John T. Edge, cookbook author Betty Fussell, French Culinary Institute founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton and consultant Clark Wolf.

Jennifer McLagen's "Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, With Recipes," was selected cookbook of the year.

The awards, which were established in 1990, this year celebrated women in food and were presented at a gala hosted by chefs Cat Cora and Emeril Lagasse and actor Stanley Tucci, who plays Julia Child's husband in an upcoming movie.

For a full list of the winners, click here. 


-- Mary MacVean

Photos: At top, the wine table at Cyrus in Healdsburg, Calif. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times. Lower: Chefs Emeril Lagasse, at left in photo, and Daniel Boulud at the awards ceremony. Boulud 's restaurant, Daniel, in New York was honored for outstanding service. Credit: Daniel Krieger