As usual, New York City restaurants and chefs took home a lot of medals at tonight's James Beard Awards in Chicago. Here's the list of all the local champs who took home the gold:
- Best New Restaurant: Batard
- Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern (and now Untitled)
- Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (not really a New York City restaurant, it's true, but Dan Barber is a New York chef, and it certainly feels more like a New York win than anything)
- Outstanding Pastry Chef: Christina Tosi, Momofuku
- Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery [Note: this is the first time this award has ever been given.
- Best Chef, New York City: Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Out of all the finalists, Batard was one of two New York restaurants competing for Best New Restaurant – the other being Cosme. Michael Anthony and Jim Lahey were both the only New Yorkers in their category, while in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category, Ghaya Olivera of Daniel was the only other New Yorker in the running. Nearly all of the restaurants in the Outstanding Restaurant category, with the exception of Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, AL, were New York based – Blue Hill at Stone Barns beat out the Spotted Pig, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and Per Se. In the Best Chef, NY category, meanwhile, Mark Ladner beat out Anita Lo (Annisa), Ignacio Mattos (Estela), Marco Canora (Hearth), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), and Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (Carbone, Parm, Dirty French, Santina).
Also tonight, as had already been announced, the West Village Spanish staple Sevilla was honored with an America's Classics award, and Dale Degroff and Wylie Dufresne were inducted into the "Who's Who of Food & Beverage" hall of fame.
For the full lineup of winners, and analysis by Eater's own Ryan Sutton, head over to Eater National.