Andres wins best chef; another SoCal shutout at the Beard awards
Jose Andres of minibar in Washington, D.C., was named the outstanding chef of the year at the James Beard Foundation's annual awards ceremony Monday night at Lincoln Center in New York. Danny Meyer's Eleven Madison Park in New York was named the outstanding restaurant in the country. The best chef in the Pacific region went to San Francisco's Michael Tusk of Quince and Cotogna, ahead of a crowd that included Los Angeles’ Michael Cimarusti of Providence.
Once again, no Los Angeles restaurants won a major award, continuing a string that dates back to 2004, though Andres also runs Bazaar at the SLS here.
Among other top awards, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen in New York was named best new restaurant; Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago was named outstanding restaurateur; Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland, Ore., was name rising star chef; and Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton was named outstanding pastry chef.
In the beverage and service categories, Julian P. Van Winkle III of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Louisville, Ky., won the outstanding professional award, and the Modern in New York won the outstanding wine service award. Per Se in New York won for outstanding service.
Rounding out the regional awards, Alex Young of Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich., won for the Great Lakes; Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia won Mid-Atlantic; Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery in Minneapolis won Midwest; Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune won New York City; Tony Maws of Craigie on Main in Cambridge, Mass., won Northeast; Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in Portland, Ore., won Northwest; Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon in New Orleans won South; Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C., won Southeast; and Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas and Tyson Cole of Uchi in Austin, Texas, tied for Southwest.
-- Russ Parsons
Photo: Jose Andres; credit: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press