Chicago chef wins top honor

June 9, 2008 6:42:50 AM PDT
The James Beard Foundation has named Grant Achatz the nation's best chef. Achatz runs Alinea restaurant in Lincoln Park.

The award was handed out Sunday night in New York. It marks another victory in a tumultuous year for Achatz. Last July, the chef was diagnosed with tongue cancer and underwent aggressive treatment to save his life and sense of taste.

Achatz is now cancer free.