2009 James Beard Foundation Award Nominees

James Beard Awards

OpenTable congratulates each of The 2009 James Beard Foundation Award nominees. Time magazine called the James Beard Foundation Awards the “Oscars of the food world” – and with good reason. Recognition from the foundation can significantly raise a restaurant’s profile among diners.

The foundation and the awards are named for James Beard, the “dean of American cookery.” One of the country’s first foodies, Beard was a chef, cookbook author, and cooking instructor in his own right as well as a mentor to countless others in the food industry. His Greenwich Village townhouse was a culinary salon of sorts, and its kitchen became one of the birthplaces of American gourmet cooking. After his death in 1985 at the age of 81, the James Beard Foundation was established at his home. A meeting place for America’s food community, the Foundation hosts more than 250 events annually. The first James Beard Foundation Awards for excellence in the food and beverage and related industries were held in 1991, and they have become one of the most coveted honors for chefs, restaurateurs, and others.

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