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Colicchio takes outstanding James Beard chef award

Chefs-restaurant owners Tom Colicchio and Daniel Boulud both won James Beard awards.
Chefs-restaurant owners Tom Colicchio and Daniel Boulud both won James Beard awards.
  • Tom Colicchio of Craft in New York wins Outstanding Chef at James Beard Awards
  • Rising Star Chef went to Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry in California
  • Celebrity chef Todd English won award for Best Television Special
  • Awards honors food and beverage professionals working in the U.S.

New York (CNN) -- There are some very happy chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists and other outstanding names in food and drink.

They are the latest winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which are often referred to as the Oscars of the food world. The ceremony was held at New York's Lincoln Center on Monday night.

The awards were established in 1990 by the nonprofit that bears the name of one of America's founding food writers and cooks.

Although the journalism, media and cookbook categories call for self-nomination (and an entry fee), anyone can suggest a chef or restaurant via the foundation's Web site,, during an open call in the fall.

Though there is no cash reward, a win -- or even a nomination -- can substantially increase the buzz for business, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.

Below are this year's winners:

Chef & Restaurant Awards

Best New Restaurant
Marea in New York (chef-owner Michael White)

Outstanding Chef Award
Tom Colicchio of Craft in New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
Nicole Plue of Redd in Yountville, California

Outstanding Restaurant Award
Daniel in New York (chef-owner Daniel Boulud)

Outstanding Restaurateur Award
Keith McNally of Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda and Schiller's Liquor Bar

Outstanding Service Award
Alinea in Chicago, Illinois (chef-owner Grant Achatz)

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award
John Shafer and Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California

Outstanding Wine Service Award
Jean Georges in New York (wine director Bernard Sun)

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award
Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry in Yountville, California

Great Lakes
Koren Grieveson of Avec in Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alexander Roberts of Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis, Minnesota

New York City
Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park

Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier of Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine

Jason Wilson of Crush in Seattle, Washington

David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, California

Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, Florida

Sean Brock of McCrady's in Charleston, South Carolina

Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Book Awards

American Cooking
"Real Cajun" by Donald Link

Baking and Dessert
"Baking" by James Peterson

"Been Doon So Long" by Randall Grahm

Cooking from a Professional Point of View
"The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts" by the French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate

General Cooking
"Ad Hoc at Home" by Thomas Keller

Healthy Focus
"Love Soup" by Anna Thomas

"The Country Cooking of Ireland" by Colman Andrews

"Seven Fires," photographer Santiago Soto Monllor

Reference and Scholarship
"Encyclopedia of Pasta" by Oretta Zanini de Vita

Single Subject
"Pasta Sfoglia" by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky

Writing and Literature
"Save the Deli" by David Sax

Cookbook of the Year
"The Country Cooking of Ireland" by Colman Andrews

Cookbook Hall of Fame
"A Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden

Broadcast Media Awards

Audio Webcast or Radio Show
"The Kojo Nnamdi Show," host: Kojo Nnamdi

Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location
"French Food at Home with Laura Calder," host: Laura Calder

Television Show, On Location
"Chefs A' Field: King of Alaska," host: Rick Moonen

TV Food Personality
Andrew Zimmern, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern"

Television Special
"Food Trip with Todd English," host: Todd English

Television Segment
"ABC News Nightline," host: John Berman

Video Webcast
"The Greenmarket: One Farmer's Story,"

Journalism Awards
Craig Claiborne

Distinguished Restaurant Reviews
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly

Food Blog, Ed Levine

Food-Related Columns
Rachel Wharton, Edible Brooklyn

Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Anya von Bremzen, Saveur, "Soul of a City"

Magazine Feature Writing with Recipes
Francine Maroukian, Jon Reiner and staff of Esquire, Esquire, "How Men Eat"

Magazine Feature Writing without Recipes
Barry Estabrook, Gourmet, "The Price of Tomatoes"

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
Francine Prose, Saveur, "Faith and Bacon"

Multimedia Food Feature
Kevin Pang,, "The Cheeseburger Show"

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Jared Jacang Maher, Westword, "A Hunger to Help"

Newspaper Feature Writing
Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, "The Real American Pie"

Newspaper Food Section
The Washington Post, Joe Yonan

Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition
Rowan Jacobsen, EatingWell, "Or Not to Bee"

Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutrition, Jane Goldman

Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly, "Chardonnay Uncorked"

Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America:
Leah Chase (chef/owner, Dooky Chase Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana); Jessica B. Harris (author and historian, California); Paul C.P. McIlhenny (president/CEO, McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana); David Rockwell (founder/CEO, Rockwell Group, New York); L. Timothy Ryan (president, Culinary Institute of America, New York); Susan Spicer (chef/owner, Bayona, New Orleans, Louisiana)

America's Classics
Al's French Frys (owners: Bill Bissonette and Lee Bissonette, South Burlington, Vermont); the Bright Star (owners: Jimmy Koikos and Nicky Koikos, Bessemer, Alabama); Calumet Fisheries (owners: the Kotlick and Toll gamilies, Chicago, Illinois); Gustavus Inn (owners: JoAnn and David Lesh, Gustavus, Alaska); Mary & Tito's Cafe (owners: Mary Gonzales and Antoinette Knight, Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Design and Graphics Awards

Outstanding Restaurant Design
Andre Kikoski Architect, the Wright (New York)

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics
Pandiscio Co., the Standard Grill, NYC