2011 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2010 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely
to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Owners: Paulette Cole, ABC Home and Phil Suarez
Outstanding Chef Award
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an
inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past
minibar by josé andrés
Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a national standard-bearer
for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.
Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding Restaurant Award
A restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and
excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or
more consecutive years.
Eleven Madison Park
Owner: Danny Meyer
Outstanding Restaurateur Award
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship.
Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have
been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Outstanding Service Award
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in
operation for at least the past 5 years.
Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller and Laura Cunningham
Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award
Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New Yo rk
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits
industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least 5 years.
Julian P. Van Winkle, III
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Outstanding Wine Service Award
A restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine
list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must have been in
operation for at least 5 years.
Wine Director: Belinda Chang
Rising Star Chef of the Year Award
A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact
on the industry in years to come.
Full award list: http://www.jamesbeard.org/files/2011_JBF_Awards_Winners.pdf