The James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation's highest culinary honors, were announced on Monday night at the New York Marriott Marquis. A total of 68 gold medals etched with the image of James Beard, the late chef and cookbook author, were presented at the 10th annual ceremony, hosted by film stars Marisa Tomei and Paul Sorvino.
Charlie Trotter pulled in three awards: the Outstanding Restaurant award for his eponymous restaurant in Chicago, the Best National TV Cooking Show award for his series "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter," and the Chefs and Restaurants book award for the cookbook based on his "Kitchen Sessions" television show.
New York chefs and restaurants drew many of the top honors at this year's ceremony. The Outstanding Chef award went to David Bouley, the executive chef and owner of Danube restaurant. The Rising Star Chef award, presented to individuals under the age of 30, was awarded to Andrew Carmellini for his work at Cafi Boulud. Claudia Fleming of Gramercy Tavern earned the Outstanding Pastry Chef award. And Chanterelle picked up the Outstanding Service award for an establishment that has been open for at least five years.
The award for the Best New Restaurant to open in 1999 went to chef Gary Danko for the San Francisco establishment that bears his name.
The awards also recognize those who handle the wine side of the culinary business. Larry Stone, the wine director for Rubicon restaurant in San Francisco, saw his efforts rewarded as Rubicon was honored with the Outstanding Wine Service award. And Kermit Lynch of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants in Berkeley, Calif., was given the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional award for his work in retail.
Marcella Hazan -- Italian chef, author and teacher -- was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame and given the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement award for her book "Classic Italian Cooking." Published 27 years ago, the book is still considered an authoritative source on Italian cuisine.
The nominees and the winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards are selected by confidential ballots submitted by more than 600 food and beverage industry professionals. A full list of the awards can be viewed at the organization's Web site, www.jamesbeard.org.
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