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.
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.
See all the winners below, or explore the gallery above for pictures and color from the star-studded night.
AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING WINE & SPIRITS OR BEER PROFESSIONAL
OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM
BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES
BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST
BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST
BEST CHEF: SOUTH
BEST CHEF: WEST
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
WHO'S WHO OF FOOD & BEVERAGE IN AMERICA INDUCTEES
Editor's note: Eatocracy Editor Kat Kinsman is the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, the group that oversees the journalism category's awards. These awards are entirely separate from the restaurant awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.