Winners: 2011 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards

Last night the winners were finally announced for the 2011 James Beard Foundation awards! And one of my favorite DC chefs took home the Outstanding Chef award – Chef José Andrés  of Minibar. DC is making quite a name for itself these days (slowly but surely) in the world of cuisine.

Highlights from the list of winners include:

· Outstanding Chef: José Andrés (minibar, Washington, DC)
· Outstanding Pastry Chef: Angela Pinkerton (Eleven Madison Park, New York)
· Rising Star Chef: Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Portland, OR)
· Outstanding Restaurateur: Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago)
· Best New Restaurant: Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen (New York)
· Outstanding Restaurant: Danny Meyer’s Eleven Madison Park (New York)
· Outstanding Service: Thomas Keller’s Per Se (New York)