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Beard Foundation Announces 2008 Nominees

Martha Stewart presented the Rising Star Chef award to David Chang at last year's award ceremony. Photo: Andre Maier

Martha Stewart presented the Rising Star Chef award to David Chang at last year's award ceremony.

Photo: Andre Maier

Yesterday morning, the James Beard Foundation announced this year’s award nominees at a ceremony held at the James Beard House.

Nominations for Outstanding Restaurant include Gramercy Tavern and Jean Georges in New York and Campanile in Los Angeles. In the running for Best New Restaurant is Anthos in New York, Central Michel Richard in Washington, and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Chef nominees include Dan Barber for New York's Blue Hill, Grant Achatz for Alinea in Chicago, José Andrés for Washington's Minibar, and Suzanne Goin for Lucques in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Restaurateur nominees include Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali for Babbo in New York, Jean-Georges Vongerichten for Jean-Georges Management L.L.C. in New York, Richard Melman for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago, and Wolfgang Puck for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in Beverly Hills.

Like last year, the media awards will be held at the Hudson Theatre on Friday, June 6, and the award gala and reception is at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, June 8. The theme of this year’s awards is “Artisanal America,” and David Bowen of Bowen & Company will once again handle the decor and event production. A complete list of nominees is available on the foundation’s Web site.


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