SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 10, 2006) — OpenTable, Inc. (www.opentable.com), the leading provider of free, online reservations for diners as well as guest and table management systems to restaurants, today congratulates the winners of the prestigious James Beard awards.
One hundred percent of the top five national “Best Restaurants and Chefs” awards were garnered by chefs and restaurateurs at OpenTable restaurants. Of the 17 “Best Restaurants and Chefs” winners, 10 utilize OpenTable to manage reservations and provide superior guest service at their extraordinary restaurants.
“We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this exceptionally coveted food award,” said Thomas Layton, OpenTable CEO. “We are honored that among our 4,500 restaurants, we can count some of the finest establishments in the world.”
OpenTable congratulates all James Beard award winners, with a special salute to the following OpenTable customers:
Outstanding Restaurateur: Daniel Boulud
Outstanding Chef: Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar & Grill
Outstanding Restaurant: The French Laundry
Best New Restaurant: The Modern
Rising Star Chef: Corey Lee - The French Laundry
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Johnny Iuzzini – Jean Georges
Outstanding Wine & Spirits professional: Daniel Johnnes - Dinex/Daniel
Best Chef - Midwest: Shawn McClain - Spring
Best Chef - NYC: Dan Barber - Blue Hill
Best Chef - Southeast: John Besh - Restaurant August