Seattle's JuneBaby Named Best New Restaurant at Beard Awards

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FIG's latest medal joins their stack of others including chef and co-owner Mike Lata's 2009 Best Chef: Southeast award and FIG Executive Chef Jason Stanhope's Best Chef: Southeast 2005. They included Spoon and Stable's pastry chef Diane Yang, Young Joni's Ann Kim, and Tilia's Steven Brown.

Restaurant owner Frank Stitt was on hand to accept the award for his popular restaurant that combines classic French cuisine, Southern cooking and farm fresh ingredients.

South Carolina's Rodney Scott, of Scott's BBQ in Hemingway and Charleston, was named Best Chef: Southeast during the the James Beard Awards presentation in Chicago on Monday. Hamilton opened Prune in New York's East Village almost 20 years ago.

Compton was a finalist in this category in each of the last two years.

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The Best New Restaurant award was presented to Seattle's JuneBaby, and Gabrielle Hamilton of New York's Prune restaurant took home the award for Outstanding Chef. Awards were announced Monday during ceremonies held in Chicago. "Patisserie" in San Francisco were honored as the Best Bakers in the country.

The James Beard Awards are often referred to as the Oscars of the culinary world.

FIG won for outstanding wine program.

Camille Cogswell, pastry chef at Zahav in Old City, was nominated for rising star chef.

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