Best Chef Mid-Atlantic: Maricel Presilla

 

 
The award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic goes to:
 
Maricel Presilla
Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
 
Maricel is the third woman to win the award for this region (the first two were Susanna Foo in 1997, and Ann Cashion in 2004). When she isn’t in the kitchen, Dr. Presilla is also a professor of medieval Spanish history.

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America's Classics: Nora's Fish Creek Inn, Wilson, WY

It's time to meet our second 2012 America's Classic: Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyoming!

 

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Best Chef Great Lakes: Bruce Sherman

 

 
 
Bruce Sherman
North Pond, Chicago
 
This is Bruce Sherman’s fifth nomination and first win. A Chicago native, Bruce credits his travels to Paris, Southeast Asia, and London with influencing his seasonal cuisine.

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Outstanding Wine Program: No. 9 Park

 

 
 
No. 9 Park
Boston
 
No. 9 Park is the first restaurant from Boston to take home this award. Wine Director Cat Silirie oversees the wine program. 

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Award Winner Recap

 

Just to recap, here are the winners of our first five Awards:

 
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC
America’s Classics: St. Elmo Steakhouse, Indianapolis
Outstanding Bar Program: PDT, NYC
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Paul Grieco, Terroir, NYC
Outstanding Wine Program: No. 9 Park, Boston
 
To follow along, check out our livestream of the Awards ceremony.

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The 2012 JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

 

The 2012 JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards were handed out Friday night. If you missed our live coverage, you can see the winners here.

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Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Paul Grieco

 

 
Our Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional Award, presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, goes to:
 
Paul Grieco
Terroir, NYC
 
This is Paul’s first James Beard Award. He grew up working in his family’s restaurant in Toronto, and has always wanted to join a boy band whose members only play cellos.

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Outstanding Bar Program: PDT

 

 

Presented by Campari

 
PDT
NYC
 
PDT is the very first winner of this award. Twenty-five years from now, owner Jim Meehan says he’d still love to be doing exactly what he’s doing now, because the bar and restaurant business never gets old.

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Rising Star Chef of the Year: Christina Tosi

 

 

Our first award of the night, Rising Star Chef of the Year, goes to: 

 
Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC
 
Pastry chef Christina Tosi started dessert programs in three Momofuku restaurants before opening Milk Bar. But if she could cook anything for James Beard, it would be turkey pot pie.

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America's Classics: St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis

Every year the James Beard Foundation recognizes five new America's Classics, which are restaurants with timeless appeal, beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Establishments must have been in existence for at least ten years and be locally owned.

 

Throughout tonight's ceremony, we'll be posting videos that spotlight this year's America's Classics inductees, presented by the Coca-Cola Company. First up: St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.

 

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