A New York culinary favorite, David Chang of Momofuku Ko took home the best new restaurant award, while Drew Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group was named outstanding restaurateur.
Dig in to the full restaurant, chef and cookbook winners after the jump along with red-carpet photos.
Click the picture below for the delicious details about all the James Beard Awards Best Chefs' restaurants from around the country.
Joe Glick Photography
La Belle Vie
Bartolotta di Mare
The James Beard Foundation seeks out the creme de la creme of the culinary world for its annual Best Chef awards. Ten chefs were chosen from regions throughout the nation. The main criterion? The chef must have spent at least three years in that region cooking.
The Best Chef (Northwest): Maria Hines, Tilth
The Best Chef (Pacific): Douglas Keane, Cyrus
The Best Chef (Southwest): Paul Bartolotta, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
The Best Chef (South): John Currence, City Grocery
The Best Chef (Southeast): Mike Lata, Fig
The Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic): Jose Garces, Amada
The Best Chef (New York City): Gabriel Kreuther, The Modern
The Best Chef (Northeast): Rob Evans, Hugo's
Best Chef (Midwest): Tim McKee, La Belle Vie
Best Chef (Great Lakes): Michael Symon, Lola
Of course, many in the food world look to the overall awards as a benchmark of the industry.
Best New Restaurant: Momofuku Ko, owner David Chang
Outstanding Service: Daniel, owner Daniel Boloud
Outstanding Restaurateur: Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group
Outstanding Restaurant: Jean Georges, owner Jean Georges Vongerichten
Outstanding Chef: Dan Barber, Blue Hill
Rising Star: Nate Appleman, A16 and SPQR
Outstanding Wine Service: Le Bernardin
Wine & Spirits Pro: Dale DeGroff
Restaurant Graphics: Denise Korn/Javier Cortés/Bryant Ross (Corner Office)
Restaurant Design: Thomas Schlesser (Publican)
Humanitarian of the Year: Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest).
Lifetime Achievement: Ella Brennan of the Brennan Family of Restaurants, including Commander's Palace.
2009 America's Classics: Arnold's Country Kitchen, Breitbach's Country Dining, Mustache Bill's Diner, Totonno's and Yank Sing.
Cookbook Awards Winners:
For cookbooks published in English in 2008.
"Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook"
by Martha Hall Foose
"Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking"
by Shirley O. Corriher
"WineWise: Your Complete Guide to Understanding, Selecting and Enjoying Wine"
by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith and Michael A. Weiss, The Culinary Institute of America
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Cooking From a Professional Point of View
by Grant Achatz
(Achatz LLC/Ten Speed Press)
"How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition)"
by Mark Bittman
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
"The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life"
by Ellie Krieger
(The Taunton Press, Inc.)
"Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China"
by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
"The Big Fat Duck Cookbook"
Photographer: Dominic Davies
Artist: Dave McKean
Reference and Scholarship
"The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs"
by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
(Little, Brown and Company)
"Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes"
by Jennifer McLagan
(Ten Speed Press)
Writing and Literature
"In Defense of Food"
by Michael Pollan
(The Penguin Press)
Don't forget to take a peek at Sunday night's coverage of the James Beard Media Awards.