May 5, 2009 (NEW YORK) --
Two Chicago restaurants received nods at the James Beard awards, the food 'Oscars.'ABC7's Hungry Hound was in New York City for the big event. PHOTOS: Where he snacked in NYC
The Chicago winners were: Best Cookbook from a Professional Perspective: Alinea Best Restaurant Design: The Publican
Chef Paul Bartolotta, who worked at Chicago's Spiaggia for years and still owns a home in the Gold Coast, won Best Chef: Southwest for his restaurant, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Bartolotta is expected to open a place in Chicago in the future.
New York Chef Dan Barber was named the nation's top chef by the James Beard Foundation.