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Monday, March 21, 2011

Beard Award Finalists Named for Journalism, Books, and Restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM


These days, the James Beard Awards are announced via Twitter, so starting at 11:30 this morning, SFoodie followed along, clicking "refresh" on our browser so often that we burned a white hole in our computer screen. Many, many Bay Area chefs, restaurateurs, and writers made the finals in both the media and the restaurant categories.

A few of the highlights: Benu as nominated for best new restaurant. Ubuntu's Aaron London and Flour + Water's Thomas McNaughton were nominated as rising star chefs. And four of the five finalists in the "Best Restaurant, Pacific" category were local.

The awards will be presented at two ceremonies in New York ― the media awards on May 6, the restaurant awards on May 9. Following is the list of local winners that we mined from the tweets. Feel free to check it against the full list of finalists in the press release. Congratulations to all!


Best Food Section

SF Chronicle

Best Wine & Spirits Writing

Jon Bonné (Chron wine editor, writing in Saveur)

Best Wine & Spirits Book

Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr, Jordan Mackay, and Ed Anderson

Best Cookbook from a Professional Point of View

Michael Chiarello's Bottega, by Michael Chiarello

Best Cookbook Photography

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, by Rachel Saunders, photography by Sara Remington

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, photography by Eric Wolfinger


Outstanding Restaurant Design

Bar Agricole

Toast (Novato)

Outstanding Wine Service


Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional

Rajat Parr

Who's Who inductees

Charles Phan

Best Chef, Pacific

Christopher Kostow, Meadowood

Daniel Patterson, Coi

Richard Reddington, Redd

Michael Tusk, Quince

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Aaron London, Ubuntu

Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water

Best New Restaurant


Best Restaurant


Outstanding Chef

Charles Phan, Slanted Door

Gary Danko, Gary Danko

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