Chicago restaurants recognized by Beard

May 5, 2009 9:47:01 AM PDT
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.