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    James Beard Award Winners to Be Named Monday

    The James Beard Award winners will be announced Monday. LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Monday, May 2, 2016)

    The James Beard Foundation Awards and Gala Reception returned to Chicago Monday, marking the second year in a row the ceremony has been held in the Windy City.

    The prestigious food awards ceremony, known to some as “the Oscars of the food world,” was held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and honored the nation’s best chefs and restaurants.


    Here is the full list of winners:


    The 2016 JBF Restaurant and Chef Awards


    Best New Restaurant



    New Orleans


    Outstanding Baker


    Joanne Chang

    Flour Bakery + Café



    Outstanding Bar Program


    Maison Premiere

    Brooklyn, NY


    Outstanding Chef

    Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters


    Suzanne Goin


    Los Angeles


    Outstanding Pastry Chef


    Dahlia Narvaez

    Osteria Mozza

    Los Angeles


    Outstanding Restaurant





    Outstanding Restaurateur


    Ken Friedman

    The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café



    Outstanding Service

    Presented by Goose Island Beer Company


    Eleven Madison Park



    Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional


    Ron Cooper

    Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

    Ranchos de Taos, NM


    Outstanding Wine Program


    Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery


    Bern’s Steakhouse

    Tampa, FL


    Rising Star Chef of the Year

    Presented by S. Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Spring Water


    Daniela Soto-Innes




    Best Chef: Great Lakes


    Curtis Duffy




    Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic


    Aaron Silverman

    Rose’s Luxury

    Washington, D.C.


    Best Chef: Midwest


    Paul Berglund

    The Bachelor Farmer



    Best Chef: New York City


    Jonathan Waxman



    Best Chef: Northeast


    Zak Pelaccio

    Fish & Game

    Hudson, NY


    Best Chef: Northwest


    Renee Erickson

    The Whale Wins



    Best Chef: South


    Justin Devillier

    La Petite Grocery

    New Orleans


    Best Chef: Southeast


    Tandy Wilson

    City House


    Best Chef: Southwest


    Justin Yu



    Best Chef: West


    Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo


    Los Angeles

    2016 JBF Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards


    75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2013)


    Firm: Demian Repucci Design

    Designer: Demian Repucci

    Project: Bruno, NYC



    76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2013)


    Firm: Land and Sea Dept.

    Designers: Mode Carpentry, Land and Sea Dept. (Robert McAdams, Jon Martin, Peter Toalson, and Cody Hudson)

    Project: Cherry Circle Room, Chicago


    Design Icon


    The Four Seasons Restaurant


    2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards


    American Cooking


    The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

    Chris Fischer with Catherine Young

    (Little, Brown and Company)


    Baking and Dessert


    Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More

    Sarah Owens

    (Roost Books)




    The Oxford Companion to Wine

    Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding

    (Oxford University Press)


    Cooking from a Professional Point of View


    NOPI: The Cookbook

    Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

    (Ten Speed Press)


    Focus on Health


    Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome

    Virginia Willis

    (Ten Speed Press)


    General Cooking


    The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    (W. W. Norton & Company)




    Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

    Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

    (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)




    Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

    Heidi Swanson

    Photographer: Heidi Swanson

    (Ten Speed Press)


    Reference and Scholarship


    The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

    Toni Tipton-Martin

    (University of Texas Press)


    Single Subject


    A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood

    Diana Henry

    (Mitchell Beazley)


    Writing and Literature


    Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

    Marion Nestle

    (Oxford University Press)


    Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian


    V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks

    Michael Anthony

    (Little, Brown and Company)


    Book of the Year:


    Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

    Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

    (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


    Cookbook Hall of Fame


    Deborah Madison


    2016 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards


    Presented by Breville and Lenox




    The Starfish Throwers

    Director: Jesse Roesler

    Producers: Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert

    Airs on: DirecTV Audience Network and iTunes


    Outstanding Personality/Host

    Host: Vivian Howard

    A Chef’s Life

    Airs on: PBS




    Host: Tina Antolini

    Producer: Tina Antolini

    Airs on: southernfoodways.org/gravy


    Radio Show/Audio Webcast


    The Food Chain: Chinatown

    Host: Dan Saladino

    Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino

    Airs on: NPR Stations/BBC World Service




    Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays

    Host: Lidia Bastianich

    Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra

    Airs on: PBS


    Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location


    Extra Virgin

    Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

    Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos‚Äč

    Airs on: Cooking Channel


    Television Program, on Location


    I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

    Host: Phil Rosenthal

    Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, and David Beebe

    Airs on: PBS


    Television Segment


    PBS NewsHour’s “Food4Thought”

    Host: Allison Aubrey

    Producer: Mary Beth Durkin

    Airs on: PBS


    Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional


    Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond

    Host: Raghavan Iyer

    Producer: Jared Maher

    Airs on: craftsy.com


    Video Webcast, on Location


    The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma

    Producer: Elana Schulman

    Airs on: munchies.vice.com


    Visual and Technical Excellence


    Chef’s Table

    Directors: David Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried

    Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker

    Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits, and Jesse Overman

    Airs on: Netflix


    2016 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards


    Dining and Travel


    “America’s Best Food Cities”

    Tom Sietsema

    The Washington Post


    Food and Culture


    “Straight-Up Passing”

    John Birdsall




    Food and Health


    “The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat”

    Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky

    Cooking Light


    Food Blog


    Lucky Peach


    Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication


    Los Angeles Magazine

    Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza


    Food-Related Columns


    Francis Lam

    New York Times Magazine


    Food Reporting


    “Seafood From Slaves - An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century”

    Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell

    Associated Press


    Home Cooking


    "Cook Like a Pro!"

    Adam Rapoport

    Bon Appétit





    Maryse Chevriere



    Personal Essay


    “On Chicken Tenders”

    Helen Rosner





    “Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta”

    Wendell Brock

    The Bitter Southerner


    Visual Storytelling


    “One Night: Kachka”

    Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman



    Wine, Spirits, and other Beverages


    “There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”

    Dave Infante



    Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award


    “A Health Food Restaurant so Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds,” “Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution,” “Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd”

    Tejal Rao

    Bloomberg Pursuits


    MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award


    “Pork Life”

    Todd Kliman

    Lucky Peach


    Publication of the Year: 


    Publication of the Year

    Lucky Peach


    2016 JBF Humanitarian of the Year


    Father Greg Boyle

    Homeboy Industries

    Los Angeles


    2016 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award


    Leah Chase

    Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

    New Orleans

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