The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring the outstanding names in the food and beverage industry.
There is no cash reward, but a win -- or even a nomination -- can substantially increase the buzz for business, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.
On Monday night, the winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception hosted by actor Oliver Platt at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS
Locally owned restaurants "beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community," according to the Foundation.
Kramarczuk's, Owner: Orest Kramarczuk (215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Frank Fat's, Owners: The Fat family (806 L Street, Sacramento, California)
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Owner: Andre Prince Jeffries (123 Ewing Drive, Nashville, Tennessee)
C.F. Folks, Owner: Art Carlson (1225 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
Keens Steakhouse, Owner: George Schwarz (72 W. 36th St., New York City, New York)
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig (Chicago, Illinois)
*WINNER Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food (San Francisco and New York City)
Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water (San Francisco, California)
David Posey, Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois)
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island (Lummi Island, Washington)
OUTSTANDING WINE & SPIRITS OR BEER PROFESSIONAL
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
*WINNER Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery (Sebastopol, California)
Garrett Oliver, The Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York)
Neal Rosenthal, Rosenthal Wine Merchant, (New York City, New York)
David Wondrich, spirits educator (Brooklyn, New York)
OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM
A16 (San Francisco, California)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
CityZen at Mandarin Oriental (Washington, D.C.)
*WINNER Frasca Food and Wine (Boulder, Colorado)
Picasso at Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM
*WINNER The Aviary (Chicago, Illinois)
Bar Agricole (San Francisco, California)
The Bar at the NoMad Hotel (New York City, New York)
Holeman & Finch Public House (Atlanta, Georgia)
Pegu Club (New York City, New York)
The Violet Hour (Chicago, Illinois)