On May 3, The James Beard Foundation (JBF) held their annual Awards Gala in New York City. Here is a selection of the chef and restaurant winners including "Outstanding Chef", "Rising Star Chef of the Year" and "Best New Restaurant."

Best New Restaurant: Marea, Michael White and Chris Cannon; New York City

Outstanding Chef Award: Tom Colicchio, Craft; New York City



Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Nicole Plue, Redd ; Yountville, California



Outstanding Restaurant Award: Daniel, Daniel Boulud and Joel Smilow; New York City



Outstanding Service Award: Alinea, Grant Achatz, Chicago, Illinois



Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award: John Shafer and Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards; Napa, California



Outstanding Wine Service Award: Jean Georges, Bernard Sun (wine director); New York City



Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Timothy Hollingsworth, The French Laundry; Yountville, California

Despite the fact that nearly all the winners are from New York City, there are a number of other award-winning places to dine across the US. To view the "Best Restaurant and Chef Award" winners from each region like Claude Le Tohic of Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, named the "best in the Southwest," go to: http://www.jbfawards.com/winners.html

To sample many of these winning chefs' food make sure you have a seat at their tables during Bon Appetit's 4th Annual Uncork'd: Big Flavors, Bright Lights and the World's Greatest Chefs taking place May 6-9 in Las Vegas. Tickets are available for a spectrum of events, for more information visit: http://www.vegasuncorked.com

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