The 2017 James Beard Award Nominees for Restaurant and Chef Categories
March 16, 2017 2:13pm
NEW YORK, NY (March 16, 2017) - The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the nominees for the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. The nominees were announced today during a breakfast at a.o.c. in Los Angeles, California, hosted by Susan Ungaro, James Beard Foundation president; Mitchell Davis, executive vice-president; Emily Luchetti, chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Board of Trustees; Anne Quatrano, chair of the 2017 Awards committee; and Suzanne Goin, James Beard Award-winner and chef/owner of a.o.c.
“Our Foundation is thrilled to bring our nominees announcement to the dynamic food city of Los Angeles, home to over 25 chef and restaurant award winners,” said James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro. “We wish the nominees in all categories the best of luck at this year’s Awards ceremonies, and congratulate the winners in several categories announce for the first time today, including Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and the 2017 Design Icon honoree.”
Winners of the 2017 James Beard Awards for the following nominees will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1, 2017. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.
Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.
The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards are proudly hosted by Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association and presented in association with the Chicago Department of Aviation, HMSHost, Illinois Office of Tourism, and Mariano's as well as the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, American Airlines, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, True Refrigeration®; Supporting Sponsors: Breville®, Hyatt, Lavazza, Robert Mondavi Winery, Skuna Bay Salmon, Valrhona; Gala Reception Sponsors: Ecolab, Kendall College, Windstar Cruises; with additional support from: Chefwear, VerTerra Dinnerware.
2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards
Winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.
75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2014)
Designers: Kristina O’Neal, William Harris, Adam Farmerie, Greg Bradshaw
Project: SingleThread, Healdsburg, California
Designer: Jeff Guga
Project: Kismet, Los Angeles
Firm: Ken Fulk Inc.
Designers: Tiffany Kramer and Jon de la Cruz
Project: Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco
76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2014)
Designers: Kristina O’Neal, Adam Farmerie, Greg Bradshaw, William Harris
Project: Momotaro, Chicago
Firm: Home Studios
Designers: Evan and Oliver Haslegrave
Project: Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant, Los Angeles
Firm: Meyer Davis
Designers: Will Meyer, Gray Davis, Katie McPherson
Project: St. Cecilia, Atlanta
Best New Restaurant (Presented by True Refrigeration®)
A restaurant opened in the calendar year before the award will be given that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
Pineapple and Pearls
A chef or baker who prepares breads, pastries, or desserts in a retail bakery, and who serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a baker or pastry chef for at least five years.
Ken’s Artisan Bakery
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas
Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Bar Program
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence in cocktail, spirits, and/or beer service.
Arnaud’s French 75 Bar
The Dead Rabbit
Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Must have been working as a chef for the past five years.
Los Gatos, CA
The Restaurant at Meadowood
St. Helena, CA
Outstanding Pastry Chef
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads in a restaurant, and who serves as a national standard bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Highlands Bar & Grill
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard bearer of consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service. Must have been in operation 10 or more consecutive years.
Frasca Food and Wine
Highlands Bar and Grill
Momofuku Noodle Bar
The Spotted Pig
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past five years.
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz
Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)
Uni, Toro, Coppa, and others
Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others)
The Lucques Group (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern, and others)
A restaurant in operation five or more years that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills, NY
St. Helena, CA
Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
A restaurant in operation five or more years that serves as a standard bearer for excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine.
Emeril’s New Orleans
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
A beer, wine, or spirits professional who has made a significant national impact on the restaurant industry.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Foggy Ridge Cider
Grgich Hills Estate
Allagash Brewing Company
Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Best Chefs in America
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Eligible candidates may be from any kind of dining establishment and must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Vernick Food & Drink
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co.
Sidney Street Cafe
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)
Myers + Chang
Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley
Eventide Oyster Co.
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
San Juan, PR
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Mala Sichuan Bistro
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen
Santa Monica, CA
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