NEW YORK, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception was held tonight at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Hosted by CBS Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, the Beard Awards glittered with designer-clad television celebrities and stars of the food world. And as you'd expect from any event produced by the preeminent nonprofit culinary organization, especially at its 20th anniversary celebration, the food was also dressed to the nines. More than 60 awards were presented, and more than 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony, which was followed by a reception dedicated to "Celebrating the Art of American Food," featuring an esteemed group of past Rising Star Chef award winners and nominees. Highlights of award winners include: Chicago's Frontera Grill named Outstanding Restaurant of the Year, presented by S.Pellegrino; Michel Richard (Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington D.C.) received the Outstanding Chef Award, presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters; New York's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon named Best New Restaurant; Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, CA) received the award for Outstanding Restaurateur, presented by Waterford Wedgwood; and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York) received the Rising Star Chef of the Year award, presented by Contessa Premium Foods. The country's top culinarians proved that they look as good in black tie as they do in chefs' whites as they walked a 25-foot-long red carpet to enter the famed hall. Celebrity and culinary superstar attendees included Stephanie March, Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Padma Lakshmi, and Marcus Samuelsson. The Foundation's Media Awards took place at a separate event at the Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City on Sunday, May 6, 2007, where 21 awards were presented. All Award winners received a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard, the esteemed chef, cookbook author, and food journalist. There are no cash awards. Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry in North America. For awards results, please visit http://www.jamesbeard.org. Event photos will be available for press purposes at http://www.jamesbeard.org/awards/2007/awardphotos/ on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, after 10:30 A.M.
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