The James Beard awards are the food equivalent of the Oscars: prestigious golden whatsits, fancy dress event, silly acceptance speeches, requisite grouching about the whole thing being rigged. Oh, yes, and lots of highly talented people getting much-deserved recognition. This year's awards ceremony took place earlier this evening at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with Alton Brown officiating. Hey, this year they even lit up the Empire State building in James Beard's favorite colors to celebrate the event. Imagine if they did that to Disney Hall.

On Friday, the Beard Foundation announced the book, broadcast and journalism awards, with Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine winning Cookbook of the Year. Michael Ruhlman won in the General Cooking category for Ruhlman's Twenty; and Paula Wolfert in the International category for The Food of Morocco. Food52 and Gastronomica won for Publication of the Year. In local news, Los Angeles magazine's Lesley Bargar Suter won for Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication.

And tonight? (Drumroll, etc.) Matt Molina (Osteria Mozza) won Best Chef: Pacific. Although others from L.A. were nominated, Molina was this town's sole winner in the chef and restaurant categories. Congrats, Matt. In news outside this town, Boulevard in San Francisco won Outstanding Restaurant, Daniel Humm of New York City's Eleven Madison Park won Outstanding Chef, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar won Rising Star Chef of the Year, Seattle's Tom Douglas won Outstanding Restaurateur, and Mindy Segal of Mindy's HotChocolate in Chicago won Outstanding Pastry Chef. Turn the page for a complete list of winners.

2012 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurateur Awards

Best New Restaurant

Next (Chicago, Illinois)

Outstanding Bar Program

PDT (New York City)

Outstanding Chef

Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park (New York City)

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Mindy Segal, Mindy's Hot Chocolate (Chicago, Illinois)

Outstanding Restaurant

Boulevard (San Francisco, California)

Outstanding Restaurateur

Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants (Seattle, Washington)

Outstanding Service

La Grenouille (New York City)

Outstanding Wine Program

No. 9 Park (Boston, Massachusetts)

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional

Paul Grieco, Terroir (New York City)

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar (New York City)

Best Chef: Great Lakes

Bruce Sherman, North Pond (Chicago, Illinois)

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama (Hoboken, New Jersey)

Best Chef: Midwest

Tory Miller, L'Etoile (Madison, Wisconsin)

Best Chef: Northeast

Tim Cushman, O Ya (Boston, Massachusetts)

Best Chef: Northwest

Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce (Seattle, Washington)

Best Chef: NYC

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern

Best Chef: Pacific

Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles, California)

Best Chef: South

Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club (Birmingham, Alabama)

Best Chef: Southeast (a tie between two)

Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten (Athens, Georgia)

Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene (Atlanta, Georgia)

Best Chef: Southwest

Paul Qui, Uchiko (Austin, Texas)

Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees

Grant Achatz, chef and author (Chicago, Illinois)

Mark Bittman, journalist and author (New York City)

Dana Cowin, editor and journalist (New York City)

Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and author (San Francisco, California)

Marvin Shanken, publisher (New York City)

America's Classics Award

The Fry Bread House (Phoenix, Arizona)

Nora's Fish Creek Inn (Wilson, Wyoming)

St Elmo Steak House (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (Marianna, Arkansas)

Shady Glen (Manchester, Connecticut)

Lifetime Achievement

Wolfgang Puck

Humanitarian of the Year

Charlie Trotter

2012 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards

Cookbook of the Year

Modernist Cuisine

by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

(The Cooking Lab)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Laurie Colwin

Home Cooking and More Home Cooking

American Cooking

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen

by Hugh Acheson

(Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Dessert

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

by Jeni Britton Bauer



Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas

by Brad Thomas Parsons

(Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Modernist Cuisine

by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

(The Cooking Lab)

General Cooking

Ruhlman's Twenty

by Michael Ruhlman

(Chronicle Books)

Focus on Health

Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

by Heidi Swanson

(Ten Speed Press)


The Food of Morocco

by Paula Wolfert



Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession

Artist/Photographer: Jeff Scott


Reference and Scholarship

Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920

by Andrew P. Haley

(The University of North Carolina Press)

Single Subject

All About Roasting

by Molly Stevens

(W.W. Norton & Company)

Writing and Literature

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

by Gabrielle Hamilton

(Random House)

2012 James Beard Foundation Design and Graphics Awards

Outstanding Restaurant Design

Design Firm: Bentel & Bentel Architects

Project: Le Bernardin, New York City

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics

Design Firm: Pandiscio Co.

Designer: Richard Pandiscio

Project: The Americano at Hôtel Americano, New York City

2012 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Publications of the Year

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs


Darra Goldstein


Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

Anna Thomas


“The Soup for Life”

Environment, Food Politics, and Policy

Ben Paynter

Fast Company

“The Sweet Science”

Food Coverage in a Food-Focused Publication


James Oseland

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Lesley Bargar Suter

Los Angeles

“Chinese Food in L.A.,” “It's Time for Breakfast in L.A,” “Food Lovers Guide”

Food Culture and Travel

Fuchsia Dunlop

The Financial Times

“Global Menu: Kicking Up a Stink”

Food-Related Columns

Lettie Teague

The Wall Street Journal

On Wine: Lettie Teague: “Drink, Memory: How to Remember that Wine;” “In Praise of the One-Cabernet Lunch;” “May I recommend: Lessons of Great Sommeliers”

Group Food Blog

The Salt: NPR's Food Blog

Maria Godoy

Health and Well-Being

Maureen O'Hagan

The Seattle Times

“Feeling the Weight: The Emotional Battle to Control Kids' Diet”


Brett Martin


“The Hangover Part III”

Individual Food Blog

Poor Man's Feast

Elissa Altman

“Craving the Food of Depravity”

Personal Essay

Cal Fussman

“Drinking at 1,300 Ft: A 9/11 Story About Wine and Wisdom”


Susan Choi

Food & Wine

“The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz”

Visual Storytelling

Landon Nordeman


“Soul of Sicily,” “BBQ Nation,” “Heart of the Valley”

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

Sarah Karnasiewicz


“Fizzy Business”

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Alan Richman


“The Very Tasty Liberation of Paris,” “I Heart SF,” “Diner for Schmucks”

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

John T. Edge


“BBQ Nation”

2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares

Host: Nina Barrett

Area: WBEZ

Producer: Jason Marck

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

Network: HBO

Producers: Sally Rowe, Rachel Mills, and Alan Oxman

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location


Host: Ted Allen

Network: Food Network

Producers: Linda Lea, Dave Noll, and Vivian Sorenson

Television Program, On Location

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Host: Andrew Zimmern

Network: Travel Channel

Producer: Andrew Zimmern

Television Segment

CBS News Sunday Morning

Host: Martha Teichner

Network: CBS

Producers: Lauren Barnello, Jon Carras, Edward Forgotson, Patrick Lee, and David Small

Video Webcast

eatTV with Jamie Tiampo

Host: Jamie Tiampo

Producers: Suzanne Glickstein, Jimmy McCoy, and Jamie Tiampo

Media Personality/Host (Television or Video Webcast)

Host: Ted Allen

Show: Chopped

Network: Food Network

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