And the James Beard 2012 Winners Are: Daniel Humm, Christina Tosi, Michael Anthony, and More

Congrats to Best Chef, Daniel Humm!
Congrats to Best Chef, Daniel Humm! Photo: Spaulding/

The glamorous James Beard Awards were last night, a fête at which April Bloomfield wears eyeliner (“People aren’t recognizing me!”) and PR girls get fired for not allowing Jacques Pépin into the press room. Exciting wins included Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi for Rising Star and EMP/NoMad’s Daniel Humm for Best Chef, plus a tie (!) for Best Chef Southeast between Hugh Acheson and Linton Hopkins. “Giving that speech was interesting; I said the first word, he said the second, and [we] went back and forth,” Acheson exhaled to Grub. The most poignant moment was Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, who recently “had a very serious health emergency” and won for Best Chef NYC. “This year, I was extremely touched by everyone in the industry who reached out with care, food, and encouragement. And to be able to thank all of them in person was extraordinary.”

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Bruce Sherman
North Pond Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Maricel Presilla
Cucharamama Hoboken, NJ

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Tory Miller
L’Etoile Madison, WI

Best Chef: New York City
(Five Boroughs)
Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)

Tim Cushman
O Ya Boston

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Matt Dillon
Sitka & Spruce Seattle

Best Chef: Pacific (CA, HI)
Matt Molina
Osteria Mozza Los Angeles

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS)

Chris Hastings
Hot and Hot Fish Club Birmingham, AL

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten Athens, GA

Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene Atlanta

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)

Paul Qui
Uchiko Austin, TX

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Paul Grieco
Terroir NYC

Outstanding Wine Program
No. 9 Park

Outstanding Bar Program

Outstanding Service

La Grenouille

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Mindy Segal
Mindy’s HotChocolate Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur
Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas Restaurants Seattle

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar NYC

Outstanding Restaurant
San Francisco

Outstanding Chef
Daniel Humm
Eleven Madison Park NYC

Related: Check Out the Chefs’ Looks at Last Night’s James Beard Awards

And the James Beard 2012 Winners Are: Daniel Humm, Christina Tosi, Michael