James Beard Award Winners 2012

May 8, 2012

The James Beard award winners for 2012 are:


Cookbook of the Year:

“Modernist Cuisine” by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

American Cooking:

“A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen” by Hugh Acheson

Baking and Dessert:

“Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home” by Jeni Britton Bauer


“Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas” by Brad Thomas Parsons

Cooking from a Professional Point of View:

“Modernist Cuisine” by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

General Cooking:

“Ruhlman’s Twenty” by Michael Ruhlman

Focus on Health:

“Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen” by Heidi Swanson


“The Food of Morocco” by Paula Wolfert


“Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession” by Jeff Scott and Blake Beshore

Reference and Scholarship:

“Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920” by Andrew P. Haley

Single Subject:

“All About Roasting” by Molly Stevens

Writing and Literature:

“Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton



Publications of the Year:

Amanda Hesser (Food52) and Darra Goldstein (Gastronomica)

 Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction:

Anna Thomas, EatingWell magazine, “The Soup for Life”

Environment, Food Politics and Policy:

Ben Paynter, Fast Company, “The Sweet Science”

Food Coverage in a Food-Focused Publication:

Saveur, James Oseland

Food Coverage in a General-interest Publication:

Lesley Bargar Suter

Los Angeles, “Chinese Food in L.A.,” ‘’It’s Time for Breakfast in L.A,” ‘’Food Lovers Guide”

Food Culture and Travel:

Fuchsia Dunlop, The Financial Times, “Global Menu: Kicking Up a Stink”

Food-Related Columns:

Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, On Wine: Lettie Teague: “Drink, Memory: How to Remember that Wine;” ‘’In Praise of the One-Cabernet Lunch;” ‘’May I recommend: Lessons of Great Sommeliers”

Group Food Blog:

The Salt: NPR’s Food Blog, Maria Godoy, npr.org/blogs/thesalt

Health and Wellbeing:

Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times, “Feeling the Weight: The Emotional Battle to Control Kids’ Diet”


Brett Martin, GQ, “The Hangover Part III”

Individual Food Blog:

Poor Man’s Feast, Elissa Altman, Poormansfeast.com, “Craving the Food of Depravity”

Personal Essay:

Cal Fussman, Esquire.com, “Drinking at 1,300 Ft: A 9/11 Story About Wine and Wisdom”


Susan Choi, Food & Wine, “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz”

Visual Storytelling:

Landon Nordeman, Saveur, “Soul of Sicily,” ‘’BBQ Nation,” ‘’Heart of the Valley”

Wine, Spirits and Other Beverages:

Sarah Karnasiewicz, Imbibe, “Fizzy Business”

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award:

Alan Richman, GQ, “The Very Tasty Liberation of Paris,” ‘’I Heart SF,” ‘’Diner for Schmucks”

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award:

John T. Edge, Saveur, “BBQ Nation”



Radio Show/Audio Webcast:

“Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares”

Host: Nina Barrett

Area: WBEZ

Producer: Jason Marck

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast):

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

Network: HBO

Producers: Sally Rowe, Rachel Mills, and Alan Oxman

Television Program, In-studio or Fixed Location:


Host: Ted Allen

Network: Food Network

Producers: Linda Lea, Dave Noll and Vivian Sorenson

Television Program, On-location:

“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”

Host: Andrew Zimmern

Network: Travel Channel

Producer: Andrew Zimmern

Television Segment:

“CBS News Sunday Morning”

Host: Martha Teichner

Network: CBS

Producers: Lauren Barnello, Jon Carras, Edward Forgotson, Patrick Lee and David Small

Video Webcast:

“eatTV with Jamie Tiampo”


Host: Jamie Tiampo

Producers: Suzanne Glickstein, Jimmy McCoy and Jamie Tiampo

Media Personality/Host (Television or Video Webcast):

Host: Ted Allen

Show: “Chopped”

Network: Food Network



Best New Restaurant:
Next, Chicago

Outstanding Chef:
Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Mindy Segal of Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago

Outstanding Restaurant:
Boulevard in San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurateur:
Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Restaurants in Seattle

Outstanding Service:
La Grenouille in New York

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional:
Paul Grieco of Terroir in New York

Outstanding Wine Program:
No. 9 Park in Boston

Outstanding Bar Program:
PDT in New York

Rising Star Chef Of The Year:
Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York

Regional Chef Awards:

Great Lakes
Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Chicago

Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J.

Tory Miller of L'Etoile in Madison, Wisc.

New York City
Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York

Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston

Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle

Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles

Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Southeast (tie)
Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens, Ga. & Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta

Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin, Texas

James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award:
Wolfgang Puck

James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year:
Charlie Trotter

James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees:
Grant Achatz, chef and author, Chicago
Mark Bittman, journalist and author, New York
Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief at Food and Wine magazine, New York
Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and author, San Francisco
Marvin Shanken, publisher, New York

James Beard Foundation America's Classics:
- The Fry Bread House in Phoenix
Owner: Cecelia Miller
- Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyo.
Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum and Kathryn Tygum Taylor
- St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis
Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse
- Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Ark.
Owners: James and Betty Jones
- Shady Glen in Manchester, Conn.
Owners: William and Annette Hoch

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