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News Mon Jun 09 2008

James Beard Awards: Achatz, Nahabidian & Other Chicago Wins

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The 2008 James Beard Awards winners have been announced, and Chicago took home several titles. Alinea's Grant Achatz won the Outstanding Chef Award, given to "a working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals."

Carrie Nahabidian won Best Chef for the Great Lakes region. This was Nahabidian's third year nominated, and she was up against two other Chicago chefs, Graham Eliot Bowles and Bruce Sherman — as well as Iron Chef America's Michael Symon.

Much farther down the awards bill was Robert Louey Design, who won Outstanding Restaurant Graphics for their work on Sepia. Lastly, as previously announced, Tufano's Vernon Park Tap was honored with an America's Classics Award.

SavoryCities interviewed Rick Bayless and Bruce Sherman during the cocktail before the awards ceremony.

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet / June 9, 2008 12:59 PM

Great to see Chicago getting some recognition. I was pleased back when we were on the Food & Wine top ten cities list, but irritated to see that Alinea had been left off their top ten Chicago restaurants, when several more mediocre restaurants were featured (for political/contacts reasons no doubt).

Now if only I had the cash to dine at Alinea...

Robyn / June 9, 2008 1:01 PM

Grant's outfit is terrible. It's like Rodney Dangerfield and Vincent Prize dressed him.

312diningdiva / June 9, 2008 5:25 PM

Robyn:

What a silly remark! He's only wearing a suit; it's not like he's wearing some ridiculous outfit, plus you're missing the point. He got the BIGGEST award of the day! ;)

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