Los Angeles Gets Shafted at the 2015 James Beard Awards

Los Angeles Gets Shafted at the 2015 James Beard Awards
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The James Beard Awards took place this evening in Chicago, and Los Angeles got no awards!!! (This is not entirely true. Guelaguetza won an America's Classic award, which is awesome. But we knew that was going to happen, it was announced a while ago.)

As usual, New York City took most of the national awards.  The winners for Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Baker, and Outstanding Restaurant were all New York-based. In categories where Los Angeles had contenders: Best Chef in the West, Rising Star Chef, Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Wine Program, and Best New Restaurant, we got nada. 

This is particularly depressing in a year when Los Angeles is widely seen to have come into its own culinarily in a big way. And a let down because we rocked the nominations

Here are the complete list of winners. Congrats, and all that.

Best New Restaurant: Bâtard, NYC

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Restaurateur: Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Outstanding Service: The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

Rising Star Chef of the Year:Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Best Chef: West: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Best Chef: Southwest: Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, and Beer Professional: Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

Best Chef: Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Midwest: Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA


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