Scenes from the James Beard Awards

Ed Levine and Tony Maws. [Photos: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

The 2011 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards went down last night, and Team Serious Eats was on-hand to watch it all unfold.

Special congratulations are in order for Rising Star Chef Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Portland), Outstanding Chef José Andrés (minibar), Outstanding Restaurateur Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago), Best New Restaurant ABC Kitchen (New York), and Outstanding Restaurant Eleven Madison Park and Outstanding Pastry Chef Angela Pinkerton of Eleven Madison Park.

We're also thrilled for friends of Serious Eats across the country: Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Alex Young (Zingerman's Roadhouse), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), and Stephen Stryjewski (Cochon).

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