Boston Chefs Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette Win James Beard Awards

Restaurateur Barbara Lynch attends the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Restaurateur Barbara Lynch attended the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, in New York.
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Boston-based restaurateur and renowned chef Barbara Lynch has another award to add to her trophy case.

Lynch, who founded Barbara Lynch Gruppo which includes local restaurants No. 9 Park, Menton, and B&G Oysters, won the James Beard Award last night for outstanding restaurateur. The award is given to “a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and ownership,” according to the James Beard Foundation website. She also won the award for who’s who of food & beverage in America last year, the award for outstanding wine program (No. 9 Park) in 2012, and best chef in the Northeast (No. 9 Park) in 2003.

Lynch wasn’t the only Boston chef to take home a title. Jamie Bissonnette joined the James Beard Award-winning ranks of his Coppa business partner and fellow chef, Ken Oringer.

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The South End-based culinarian took home the award for best chef in the Northeast at the awards ceremony, what some call the food equivalent of the Oscars, held at The David H. Koch Theater in New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Bissonnette was previously nominated for the award in 2012 and 2013. Oringer won the same title in 2001 after having been nominated for it from 1998-2000, consecutively.

Three other Boston-area chefs were nominated in the same category, including Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe (multiple locations), Michael Leviton of Lumiere in Newton, and Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother in Cambridge.

Visit the James Beard Foundation’s website for a full list of winners.