Who Won James Beard Awards This Year?
The James Beard Awards may often be referred to as "The Oscars of Food," but like a meal worth lingering over and savoring, they may be even more sprawling and protracted.
On Friday, May 2, the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards — sort of like the technical Oscars, only with higher dinner menu stakes — were handed out at a ceremony at Gotham Hall in New York City.
Among the winners was Food Network host Ina Garten, who won in the category of Outstanding Personality/Host for Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics. Heartland Table host Amy Thielen was also honored; she collected a book award in the category of American Cooking, for her cookbook, The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes.
Then on Monday, May 5, the James Beard Foundation bestowed its 2014 Chef and Restaurant Awards at a gala event at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. The master of ceremonies for the awards was Food Network's own Ted Allen.
Notable winners included Nancy Silverton, of Pizzeria Mozza, in Los Angeles, who won Outstanding Chef; The Slanted Door, in San Francisco, which was named Outstanding Restaurant; Jimmy Bannos Jr., of The Purple Pig, in Chicago, and Blaine Wetzel, of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, on Lummi Island, Wash., who tied for Rising Star Chef of the Year; Barbara Lynch, of Boston's Barbara Lynch Gruppo, who was honored as Outstanding Restaurateur; and Pêche Seafood Grill, in New Orleans, which was named Best New Restaurant.
Cronut™ creator Dominique Ansel, of New York's Dominique Ansel Bakery, collected the award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.