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2015 James Beard Foundation Awards

Alton Brown hosts for the third time

Food Network host and cookbook author Alton Brown hosted the James Beard Foundation's 2015 awards ceremony at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.

In addition to the categories below, the James Beard Foundation also honored "America's Classics," presented by Brand USA. This year's restaurants included Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA; Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, KY; Guelaguetza, Los Angeles; Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Richmond, VA; and Sevilla, NYC.

The 2015 inductees to the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America were pork producer Allan Benton, mixologist Dale DeGroff, chef/restaurateur Wylie Dufresne, cookbook author and TV personality Nathalie Dupree and chef/restaurateur/cookbook author Maricel Presilla.

Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises received the 2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, while Michel Nischan (CEO, president and cofounder of Wholesome Wave) was honored as the 2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.

 

2015 JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNERS

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

"Thank you." - Jessica Largey


Tanya Baker, The Boarding House, Chicago

Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia

Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Washington, D.C.

Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME

Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles


OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM
presented by Tanqueray No. TEN®


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
The Violet Hour, Chicago


Arnaud's French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY

Trick Dog, San Francisco



OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
A16, San Francisco


Bern's Steak House, Tampa, FL

FIG, Charleston, SC

McCrady's, Charleston, SC

Spago Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA


OUTSTANDING SERVICE
presented by Goose Island Beer Company


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN


Marea, NYC

Quince, San Francisco

Restaurant August, New Orleans

Topolobampo, Chicago


OUTSTANDING BAKER


NOMINEES:


WINNER:
Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

"Thank you to my family, my staff and Italy." - Jim Lahey


Joanne Chang, flour bakery + cafe, Boston

Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco

William Werner, Craftsman & Wolves, San Francisco


OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT
p
resented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

"So, we have a bit of a Disneyland at Stone Barns." - Dan Barber


Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama

Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC

Per Se, NYC

The Spotted Pig, NYC



Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York won Outstanding Restaurant at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards


OUTSTANDING CHEF
presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters, LLC


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC


Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia




OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago

"I know everyone is super hungry, and you want to get out of this place." - Donnie Madia


JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa, CA

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia




BEST NEW RESTAURANT
presented by True Refrigeration®



NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Bâtard, NYC


Central Provisions, Portland, ME

Cosme, NYC

Parachute, Chicago

Petit Trois, Los Angeles

The Progress, San Francisco

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis



Bâtard won Best New Restaurant at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards


OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

"I'd like to thank the women who taught me in the home kitchen — my mother, my grandmother and my sisters." - Christina Tosi


Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC




BEST CHEF, REGIONAL


GREAT LAKES


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

"Chicago, thank you for not booing me, the only nominee not from Chicago." - Jonathon Sawyer


Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL

Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago



MID-ATLANTIC

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

"Woodberry Kitchen is a restaurant that is of, for, and in Baltimore, a city that could use some good news right now." - Spike Gjerde


Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia

Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia

Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia

Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore



MID-WEST

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

"Thank your wife, thank your wife, thank your wife." - Gerard Craft


Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Justin Carlisle, Ardent, Milwaukee

Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN



NEW YORK CITY

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Mark Ladner, Del Posto

"I'd like to thank my mom for introducing me to the canned chickpea, one of my first loves." - Mark Ladner


Marco Canora, Hearth

Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, Carbone

Anita Lo, Annisa

Ignacio Mattos, Estela

Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto



NORTHEAST

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

"Take in the moment. Stop. And smell the mirepoix." - Barry Maiden


Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, ME


NORTHWEST

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

"I'm really happy to get this award." - Blaine Wetzel


Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle


Chef Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn won Best Chef: Northwest at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards

WEST

NOMINEES:

WINNERS:
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

"When we met, she was a vegetarian and the first thing I cooked her was duck! But she called me the next day, and we've created so much together." - Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski


Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco

Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles


SOUTH

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

"Whoa! I was totally not prepared to make a speech." - Alon Shaya


Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, PR

Slade Rushing, Brennan's, New Orleans



SOUTHEAST

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

"Holy shit!" - Jason Stanhope


John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville



SOUTHWEST

NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

"This award is big for barbecue everywhere." - Aaron Franklin


Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston



OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL
presented by BACARDÍ® GRAN RESERVA


NOMINEES:

WINNER:
Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco


Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol, CA

Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

The 2015 James Beard Awards was held in Chicago



For more information, visit the official web site for the James Beard Foundation


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