Alex Roberts named Best Chef Midwest at James Beard Awards


For the second year in a row, a Minnesota chef has been named Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards, as Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa took home the honors at last night's ceremony in New York. Past winners aren't eligible to compete, so 2009's winner, Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, wasn't in the mix, but Roberts was up against fellow Minnesotans Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and Lenny Russo of Heartland, plus Colby Garrelts of Kansas City's Bluestem and Gerard Craft of St. Louis's Niche. Congratulations to all the nominees, and we hope that local diners will celebrate the hometown win by eating a meal at one of Roberts's restaurants!

Here is the complete list of winners and results at James Beard Awards 2010:

• Outstanding Chef Award: Tom Colicchio, Craft , NYC • Outstanding Restaurant Award: Daniel, NYC (Chef: Daniel Boulud, Owner: Joel Smilow) • Outstanding Pastry Chef: Nicole Plue, Rewdd, Yountville, CA • Outstanding Service: Alinea, Chicago (Chef/Owner: Grant Achatz) • Outstanding Restaurant Graphics Award: Pandiscio Co. for the Standard Grill, NYC • Outstanding Restaurant Design Award: The Wright, NYC (Architect: Andre Kikoski) • Outstanding Restaurateur: Keith McNally (Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller's Liquor Bar, NYC) • Outstanding Wine Service Award: Jean George, NYC (Wine Director: Bernard Sun) • Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional: John Shafer and Dough Shafer, Shafer Vineyards, Napa, CA • Best Chef Southwest: Claude Le Tohic and Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas • Best Chef Southeast: Sean Brock, McCrady's, Charleston, SC • Best Chef South: Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami • Best Chef Pacific: David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA • Best Chef Northwest: Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle • Best Chef New York City: Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park • Best Chef Midwest: Alexander Roberts • Best Chef Mid-Atlantic: Jeff Michaud and Osteria • Best Chef Great Lakes: Korean Grieveson, Avec, Chicago • Best New Restaurant Award: Marea, NYC, Chef/Partner: Michael White, Partner: Chris Cannon • Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Timothy Hollingsworth, the French Laundry, Yountville • Lifetime Achievement Award: Ariane and Michael Batterberry