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Local 2008 Nominees for James Beard Awards

08-Apr-2008
 
The 2008 James Beard award nomintions are out.  The award ceremony and reception takes place on June 8th.  Here are the nomimees from the Northwest.
 
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD
Presented by Waterford Wedgwood
A working restaurateur, actively involved in multiple restaurants in the United States, who has set uniformly high national standards as a creative force in the kitchen and/or in restaurant operations. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least ten years.

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Seattle

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARD
Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon
Portland, OR

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least five years.

David Lett
The Eyrie Vineyards
McMinnville, OR

OUTSTANDING SERVICE 
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past five years.

Canlis
Seattle
Owners:The Canlis Family
 

BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Scott Dolich
Park Kitchen
Portland, OR

Maria Hines
Tilth
Seattle

Holly Smith
Café Juanita
Kirkland, WA

Ethan Stowell
Union
Seattle

Jason Wilson
Crush
Seattle
 

2008 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards
Maneki
304 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle
Owner: Jean Nakayama
With a rich history that stretches over a century—it has been around through both world wars, Japanese internment, and has even seen one of its former dishwashers become the Prime Minister of Japan—Maneki is the only surviving restaurant from Seattle’s once-bustling Japantown. Comfort food dishes like agedashi tofu and takoyaki share the menu with sushi and sashimi, satisfying homesick Japanese locals and introducing a new generation to traditional Japanese cooking.

The complete list of nominees

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