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
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.
SOURCE James Beard Foundation