The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday night at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, capping a weekend of gastronomic events in New York City.
Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen attended the awards ceremony and was among the five finalists for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, one 10 regional categories in the JBF Awards. But Baltimore is still without a JBF Award winner in a chef category. The Mid-Atlantic winner announced on Monday was Johnny Monis of Koni in Washington. This was the first time Gjerde made it to the finalist level. Among Baltimore chefs, only Cindy Wolf had made it to the finalist round, twice, in 2006 and 2008.
Paul Lukacs, director of the Center for Humanities at Loyola University Maryland, was among the three finalists in the James Beard Foundation Book Award’s Beverage category. But Lukacs' book, “Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures,” lost to "Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours" by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamoz.
You can see a full list of JBF Awards winners here.