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Neighborhood Chefs Rake It In at the James Beard Awards

By Heidi Patalano | May 7, 2013 8:20am | Updated on May 7, 2013 9:37am
 New York's best chefs cleaned up at the James Beard Awards Monday night.
James Beard Award Winners
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UPPER WEST SIDE — San Francisco transplant Danny Bowien, whose Mission Chinese Food in the Lower East Side is never without a line of customers waiting to get in, scored the James Beard Award for rising star chef of the year.

At Monday night’s ceremony in Avery Fisher Hall, at Lincoln Center, New York’s rock star chefs raked in accolades for their top-flight cuisine.

Chelsea's Del Posto, owned by Food Network staple Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, recieved the award for outstanding service, while the restaurant's Brooks Headley was honored for outstanding pastry chef of the year. 

Farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill, whose chef Trevor Kunk recently spoke to DNAinfo about seasonal cuisine, won the outstanding restaurant award. The West Village restaurant sources its foods not only from local vendors but also from its own farms in the Hudson Valley and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Maguy Le Coze picked up the award for outstanding restauranteur at the perpetual critic's favorite, Le Bernardin in Midtown.

Top Chef star and practitioner of molecular gastronomy Wylie Dufresne collected the award for New York City's best chef for his work at the Lower East Side's WD-50.

There was a tie for the outstanding chef award. Momofuku Noodle Bar's David Chang, whose local and national celebrity is well-established for his East Village digs, has to share the award with Chicago's Paul Kahan, for his restaurant Blackbird

Brooklyn represented at the awards as well, with Williamsburg's Isa picking up the award for restaurant design and graphics.