Last night, the winners for the chef and restaurant portion of the 2012 James Beard Awards were announced. And, Seattle has not one but two winners: both Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce(for Best Chef Northwest) and Tom Douglas of TDR Restaurants(for Outstanding Restaurateur in the country) were declared winners. Of course, Douglas already has a Beard for Best Chef Northwest(back in 1994), but this is the first time he has won for his restaurant ownership/management skills. Jason Franey of Canlis lost to Dillon this year, but he still has a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef honor to console himself.
· Winners: 2012 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards [Eater National]
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