Wolfgang Puck is among five finalists for the James Beard Foundation‘s 2008 Outstanding Restaurateur Award. The Beard Awards, according to the foundation, are “the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.”
The nomination isn’t really news — Puck is an annual nominee of the Beard Awards, which recognized Puck in 1991 as Outstanding Chef of the year and bestowed Puck its humanitarian award in 1994. Puck’s 20.21 opened at the Walker in May 2005.
Here’s a list of all the 2008 Beard Award nominees. Winners will be announced June 6.