McNally, Colicchio, Chang, Nieporent and Others Nominated for 2009 Beard Awards

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Having pared down its list of semifinalists, the James Beard Foundation has announced this years final award nominees. Of note: Corton fails to get gets the nod for Best New Restaurant (Ko and Scarpetta will also represent New York), and Drew Nieporent is up for Best Restaurateur along with Keith McNally. No New Yorkers will be up for Rising Star chef this year (Ryan Skeen had made the long list), and in an ironic twist, Pichet Ong gets a nod just days after the closing of P*ong. The list of Best New York City Chefs consists mostly of seasoned veterans like Michael Anthony, Terrance Brennan and Wylie Dufresne. Heres the entire rundown, with additional congrats to our own Adam Platt for his nomination in the Restaurant Review category, and also to Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite, and the other authors of What Good Is Breakfast?, nominated for a reporting award. Winners will be announced May 4.

Restaurant and Chef Awards

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 ten years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past ten years.

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Seattle

Keith McNally
Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller's Liquor Bar
NYC

Richard Melman
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Chicago

Drew Nieporent
Myriad Restaurant Group
NYC

Stephen Starr
Starr Restaurant Organization
Philadelphia

OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD

Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
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 five years.

Jos Andr
Minibar
Washington, D.C.

Dan Barber
Blue Hill
NYC

Tom Colicchio
Craft
NYC

Suzanne Goin
Lucques
Los Angeles

Paul Kahan
Blackbird
Chicago

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 ten or more consecutive years.

Babbo
NYC
Chef/Owner: Mario Batali
Owner: Joe Bastianich

Boulevard
San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Nancy Oakes
Owner: Pat Kuleto

Fore Street
Portland, Maine
Chef/Owner: Sam Hayward
Owner: Victor Leon and Dana Street

Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, Ala.
Chef/Owner: Frank Stitt

Jean Georges
NYC
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Owner: Phil Suarez

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.

Nate Appleman
A16
San Francisco

Sean Brock
McCrady's
Charleston, S.C.

Johnny Monis
Komi
Washington, D.C.

Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon
Portland, Ore.

Michael Solomonov
Zahav
Philadelphia

Sue Zemanick
Gautreau's
New Orleans

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Presented by Lexus
A restaurant opened in 2008 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

The Bazaar by Jos Andrs at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Los Angeles
Chef/Owner: Jos Andrs
Owners: Sam Narian and Philippe Starck

Corton
NYC
Chef/Owner: Paul Liebrandt
Owner: Drew Nieporent

L2O
Chicago
Chef: Laurent Gras
Owner: Richard Melman

Momofuku Ko
NYC
Chef/Owner: David Chang

Scarpetta
NYC
Chef/Owner: Scott Conant

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARD

Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
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 five years.

Gina DePalma
Babbo
NYC

Kamel Guechida
Jol Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas

Pichet Ong
P*ong
NYC

Nicole Plue
Redd
Yountville, Calif.

Mindy Segal
Mindy's HotChocolate
Chicago

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 five years.

Bin 36
Chicago
Wine Director: Brian Duncan

Blackberry Farm
Walland, Tenn.
Wine Director: Andy Chabot

Le Bernardin
NYC
Wine Director: Aldo Sohm

Patina
Los Angeles
Wine Director: Eric Espuny

Picasso at Bellagio
Las Vegas
Wine Director: Robert Smith

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits
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 five years.

Dale DeGroff
Dale DeGroff Co., Inc.
NYC

Merry Edwards
Merry Edwards Wines
Sebastopol, Calif.

Garrett Oliver
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn

John Shafer and Doug Shafer
Shafer Vineyards
Napa, Calif.

Julian P. Van Winkle, III
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Louisville, Ky.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

Presented by Stella Artois
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past five years.

Daniel
NYC
Owners: Daniel Boulud and Joel Smilow

Emeril's New Orleans
New Orleans
Owner: Emeril Lagasse

La Grenouille
NYC
Owners: Charles Masson and Gisle Masson

Spiaggia
Chicago
Owner: Larry Levy

Vetri
Philadelphia
Owners: Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin

BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA

Presented by American Express
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Candidates must have been working as chefs in any type of dining establishment for at least the past five years. The three most recent years must have been spent in the region where the chef is presently working.

Best Chef: Pacific (Calif., Hawaii)

Jeremy Fox
Ubuntu
Napa, Calif.

Douglas Keane
Cyrus
Healdsburg, Calif.

Loretta Keller
Coco500
San Francisco

David Kinch
Manresa
Los Gatos, Calif.

Daniel Patterson
Coi
San Francisco

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., Del., Md., N.J., Penn., Va.)

Cathal Armstrong
Restaurant Eve
Alexandria, Va.

Jose Garces
Amada
Philadelphia

Peter Pastan
Obelisk
Washington, D.C.

Maricel Presilla
Cucharamama
Hoboken, N.J.

Vikram Sunderam
Rasika
Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D., Wis.)

Isaac Becker
112 Eatery
Minneapolis

Gerard Craft
Niche
St. Louis, Mo.

Colby Garrelts
Bluestem
Kansas City, Mo.

Tim McKee
La Belle Vie
Minneapolis

Alexander Roberts
Restaurant Alma
Minneapolis

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio)

Koren Grieveson
Avec
Chicago

Arun Sampanthavivat
Arun's
Chicago

Bruce Sherman
North Pond
Chicago

Michael Symon
Lola
Cleveland

Alex Young
Zingerman's Roadhouse
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern

Terrance Brennan
Picholine

Wylie Dufresne
WD-50

Gabrielle Hamilton
Prune

Gabriel Kreuther
The Modern

Best Chef: Northeast (Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., N.Y. STATE, R.I., Vt.)

Rob Evans
Hugo's
Portland, Maine

Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier
Arrows
Ogunquit, Maine

Michael Leviton
Lumire
West Newton, Mass.

Tony Maws
Craigie on Main
Cambridge, Mass.

Marc Orfaly
Pigalle
Boston

Best Chef: Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo.)

Maria Hines
Tilth
Seattle

Joseba Jimnez de Jimnez
The Harvest Vine
Seattle

Ethan Stowell
Union
Seattle

Cathy Whims
Nostrana
Portland, Ore.

Jason Wilson
Crush
Seattle

Best Chef: Southeast (Ga., Ky., N.C., S.C., Tenn., W.Va.)

Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten
Athens, Ga.

Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene
Atlanta

Mike Lata
Fig
Charleston, S.C.

Bill Smith
Crook's Corner
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Bob Waggoner
Charleston Grill
Charleston, S.C.

Best Chef: Southwest (Ariz., Colo., N.M., Nev., Okla., Tex., Utah)

Paul Bartolotta
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas

Sharon Hage
York Street
Dallas

Ryan Hardy
Montagna at the Little Nell
Aspen, CO

Claude Le Tohic
Jol Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas

Andrew Weissman
Le Rve
San Antonio

Best Chef: South (Ala., Ark., Fla., La., Miss.)

Zach Bell
Caf Boulud at the Brazilian Court
Palm Beach, Fla.

John Currence
City Grocery
Oxford, Miss.

John Harris
Lilette
New Orleans

Douglas Rodriguez
Ola
Miami Beach, Fla.

Michael Schwartz
Michaels Genuine Food & Drink
Miami

Correction: An earlier version of the Beard website left Corton off the list of Best New Restaurant nominees, but it is in fact a finalist.

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees [JBF]