Awards Watch: More Winners

Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Wright, NYC, Andre Kikoski Architect Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Pandiscio Co. for The Standard Grill, NYC Outstanding Service: Alinea, Chicago, Chef/Owner: Grant Achatz Outstanding Pastry Chef: Nicole Plue, Redd, Yountville, CA Lifetime Achievement Award: Ariane and Michael Batterberry 2010 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees: Leah Chase, Jessica B. Harris, Paul C. P. McIlhenny, David Rockwell, L. Timothy Ryan, Susan Spicer And the final America’s Classics Award of the night goes to: Gustavus Inn, Gustavus, AK
 Up next: Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Restaurant, and Outstanding Chef

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Carol Blymire: Backstage with David Kinch

David Kinch, Manresa, is backstage with his girlfriend, the lovely Pim. Kinch, who won Best Chef: Pacific, loves the weight of his medal. He keeps holding it up against his knuckles, saying it is heavy enough to be a lethal weapon. He might need a weapon to fend off fans if he went on a cross-country road trip with his friend, Eric Ripert. Kinch says traveling wih Ripert would be awesome because "that charming accent and his good looks will open all kinds of doors. And, he's the only Frenchman who will eat barbecue."

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Awards Watch: The Best of the Rest (Regional Chefs)...and More

Best Chef: Southeast: Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC Best Chef: Southwest: Claude Le Tohic, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand  Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Humanitarian of the Year: Wayne Kostroski, Taste of the NFL America’s Classics: Al’s French Frys, South Burlington, VT Stay tuned for Outstanding Pastry Chef, Who's Who inductees, and more.

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Awards Watch: Best Chefs, Part 2

Best Chef: Northeast: Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier: Arrows, Ogunquit, ME Best Chef: Northwest: Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle Best Chef: Pacific: David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA Best Chef: South: Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami And the third America’s Classics Award of the night went to: The Bright Star, Bessemer, AL

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Awards Watch: Winners

The day has dawned but last night's party is still going strong. Check out a complete list of winners of the 2009 James Beard Foundation awards.

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Louise McCready: Last award

Outstanding Chef Dan Barber's speech: "I remember telling my father, I want to be a chef. He said, why? I said, I love food. He said, I love books, but I don't read for a living...As the economy collapsed, most industries died down to the lowest common denominator. But fine dining didn't become less fine and I credit managers, and mostly chefs, who refuse to lower that bar and love food and continue serving good food."

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Meredith Arthur: It may be late in the evening...

But it's never too late for Jean Georges to win for Outstanding Restaurant and Dan Barber to win for Outstanding Chef. Not too surprising overall. In fact no surprises. But well deserved success all around. Congrats to the winners. What a happy night for them all.

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Meredith Arthur: Winners

Had to take a quick break from the Awards and try a fantastic beet brownie from Monica Pope at T'afia. It was so inventive and set apart from the many beef carpaccios. Now back in time for the final biggies: Drew Nieporent, David Chang, and da da dum...

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Louise McCready: Mario Batali's picks for Outstanding Chef

"I couldn't bet on it. Actually, last week, I was at the Kentucky Derby, and you know how I won my money? I put $2 on every horse in the 11th race, and I won $140." --Mario Batali

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Adam Sachs: Mike Lata, Best Chef: Southeast

Mike Lata seems very calm. "I took a beta blocker. My doctor gave me one just for stage fright. You can print that. I've been nominated three times, this is my first win. It's nice to lose to great people but it's great to win. I feel very good now."

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