James Beard Awards for 2016

I love lists and awards! Yesterday the James beard awards for 2016 were given out. We talked about the nominations, but here are the winners:

Restaurant Awards

  • Best Chef: Great Lakes Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago
  • Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington D.C.
  • Best Chef: Midwest Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
  • Best Chef: New York City Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
  • Best Chef: Northeast Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, NY
  • Best Chef: Northwest Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle
  • Best Chef: South Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans
  • Best Chef: Southeast Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville
  • Best Chef: Southwest Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston
  • Best Chef: West Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles
  • Best New Restaurant Shaya, New Orleans
  • Outstanding Baker Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston
  • Outstanding Bar Program Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
  • Outstanding Chef Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
  • Outstanding Restaurant Alinea, Chicago
  • Outstanding Restaurateur Ken Friedman, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café, NYC
  • Outstanding Service Eleven Madison Park, NYC
  • Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
  • Outstanding Wine Program Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, FL
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, NYC

for all the other detailed awards, including design, books, Media and Journalism, check out the James Beard website. I am including here some of the higlights in these categories:

Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

  • 75 Seats and Under (TIE) 
    • Firm: Demian Repucci Design Designer: Demian Repucci Project: Bruno, NYC
    • Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop Designers: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with Cooper Robertson and Bentel & Bentel Project: Untitled, NYC
  • 76 Seats and Over  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

Book Awards

  • General Cooking  The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science J. Kenji López-Alt (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Book of the Year:  Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Media Awards

  • Documentary 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
  • 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

Journalism Awards

  • Dining and Travel “America’s Best Food Cities” Tom Sietsema The Washington Post
  • Food and Health  “The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat” Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky Cooking Light
  • Food Blog Lucky Peach
  • Food-Related Columns “Eat” Francis Lam New York Times Magazine
  • Publication of the Year Lucky Peach

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