The James Beard Chef Awards have just wrapped up in New York City, and Los Angeles took home zero awards.
It's hard to resist feeling kinda whiny when looking at the list of winners and considering that New York City got 7 awards and accounted for 50% of all the non-region-specific awards (as well as having their very own region). Chicago took 3 awards. San Francisco took 2. But L.A. has nothing this year worthy of recognizing? It's a little deflating.
What could we have won? In Best Chef in the West, Jon Shook and Vinny Dototlo were up for an award, and we were looking strong in both the Restaurateur of the Year category, where Piero Selvaggio of Valentino Restaurant Group and Caroline Styne of
Lucques were nominees, and in the Outstanding Chef category, where both Nancy Silverton and Suzanne Goin were nominees. Both times, L.A. was beaten out by NYC (and Chicago, where Paul Kahan of Blackbird in Chicago tied with NYC's David Chang for Outstanding Chef).
We offer our sincere congratulations to all the winners, and our sincere disappointment that L.A. didn't fare better. Thankfully this will all happen again next year, and we can hope for a smidge of the glory again then. Here's the full list of winners:
Best Chef: Great Lakes: Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, IL
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.
Best Chef: Midwest: Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO
Best Chef: New York City: Wylie Dufresne, wd~50, NYC, NY
Best Chef: Northeast: Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, ME
Best Chef: Northwest: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
Best Chef: South: Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace, New Orleans, LA
Best Chef: Southeast: Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Best Chef: Southwest: Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver, CO
Best Chef: West: Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
Best New Restaurant: State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, CA
Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits Professional: Merry Edwards
Outstanding Wine Program: Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO
Outstanding Bar Program: The Aviary, Chicago, IL
Outstanding Service: Del Posto, NYC, NY
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Brooks Headley, Del Posto, NYC, NY
Outstanding Restaurateur: Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin, NYC, NY
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco, CA, and NYC, NY.
Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill, NYC, NY
Outstanding Chef: TIE, David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC, NY, and Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL.
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