Grant Achatz from Alinea: Wins Beard Foundation Best Chef Award

Grant Achatz from Alina Wins Beard Foundation Best Chef Award

Grant Achatz: At the Awards Reception

On Tuesday, it was announced that Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, IL) had won a Best Chefs in America Award from The James Beard Foundation. The winners of the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced during a ceremony that was held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 8th. The Awards, which are now in their 17th year, recognize excellence and achievement in the culinary profession. More than 60 awards were presented, and over 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony.  The awards ceremony was followed by a reception that was dedicated to “Celebrating the Art of American Food,” featuring guest chefs from an esteemed group of Rising Star Chef award winners and nominees.

“Tonight’s winners represent the best and the brightest in the food world,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the Foundation. “Winning a James Beard Foundation award is like taking home an Olympic gold medal, a Pulitzer or a Grammy. For many, being selected by their peers is confirmation of achievement of excellence, marking the pinnacle of their careers.”

Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry. The Awards honor professionals including book authors, chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, journalists, broadcasters, and restaurant and graphic designers in North America. To select the nominees and winners, independent volunteer panels of more than 600 food and beverage professionals from around the country vote on specific Award categories. The trustees and staff of the James Beard Foundation do not vote. Winners’ identities remain confidential until the Awards ceremonies. Award winners receive a bronze medallion that is engraved with the image of James Beard, the late journalist, cookbook author, chef, and cooking teacher.

Additional articles, photographs and videos about Grant Achatz and Alinea restaurant can be found here: Link

A full listing of the Awards nominees and winners can be found at: www.jamesbeard.org

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