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Tapas Chef Wins 2011 James Beard Culinary Honors

Chef Jose Andres at his Minibar restaurant in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Chef Jose Andres at his Minibar restaurant in Washington.

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The winner of this year's James Beard Outstanding Chef award is Jose Andres, who's popularized the Spanish cuisine of tapas. These are finger foods served on small plates and are often served between between meals or combined to make a larger repast.

The Beard awards honor culinary stars and were handed out last night in New York, reports CNN. His Washington, D.C. restaurant minibar seats six, according to the Independent, and offers 30 tapas courses. Make reservations at least a month in advance and be prepared to fork over $150 for a tasting.

Andres has also hosted the PBS series, Made in Spain, which examines that country's culinary and cultural heritage. His twitter feed is bursting with well-wishers.