By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jun 10, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro executive chef Adam Siegel took the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest at the June 8 awards ceremony in New York City.

He was up against three chefs from Minneapolis, as well as others from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

This was Siegel's second nomination for the James Beard Award, which honors the finest chefs, restaurants, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers and electronic media professionals in the country. The ceremony awards honors in 52, including best restaurateur, outstanding chef, rising star chef and best new restaurant.

You can see the other winners here.




Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”