2016 James Beard Awards: Full List of Winners

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​

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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