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2001 Beard Award winners

Washington chef-restaurateur Jose Andres was the only local culinary star to come home with a medal at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards for restaurants and chefs, held Monday night at Lincoln Center.

Andres was honored as outstanding chef, for a career that “has set national industry standards” and has inspired other food professionals. The owner of Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico, Oyamel, Minibar, Zaytina, China Poblano and the Bazaar was also the subject of a “60 Minutes” profile that won for best television segment in Friday night’s book, broadcast and journalism awards ceremony, held at Espace in New York.

Eleven Madison Park in New York was named outstanding restaurant, and ABC Kitchen in New York was named best new restaurant.

Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia was named best chef in the mid-Atlantic.

At the event Friday, Tim Carman, now a Washington Post Food section writer, received a medal for his food-related columns and commentary in the Washington City Paper.

Jose Andres pictured working in one of his most unique restaurants, Minibar. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Other major awards presented that evening included:

Cookbook of the year: “Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy,” by Diana Kennedy (University of Texas Press).

TV food/personality host: Alton Brown, of Food Network’s “Good Eats.”

Best food section of a general- interest publication: The San Francisco Chronicle.

The James Beard Foundation Awards are a program of the James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.

For the complete list of recipients, go to



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