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Seattle’s Tom Douglas has just won the 2012 Outstanding Restaurateur in the country from the James Beard Foundation — one of the most prestigious honors in the industry.

This was the third James Beard honor for Douglas who also won best Northwest Chef in 1994 and best cookbook in 2001 for  “Seattle Kitchen”

His latest Beard honor, announced in New York City tonight, is his biggest get yet. It’s given to a restaurateur “who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship.”

Douglas  owns 13 restaurants and shops in Belltown and South Lake Union,  and has written three cookbooks. He has also been involved with a dozen other food and philanthropic  projects in the Seattle area.

For a complete list of winners go here.

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