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James Beard Awards announced

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Jean Georges, the flagship of the chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, won the James Beard Foundation’s outstanding restaurant award Monday night and Drew Nieporent, a partner in Nobu and Corton in TriBeCa, was named outstanding restaurateur.

Dan Barber of Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County won the outstanding chef award.

The annual awards presentation was held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

The rising star chef of the year award went to Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco, the only chef or restaurant outside of New York to win a national award.

Momofuku Ko, the sister restaurant of Momfuku Noodle Bar (my fave place in NYC) in the East Village was named best new restaurant.

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