James Beard Awards Function, which took place in Chicago on May 7, celebrated the chef and restaurant category of the prestigious food-industry awards with great show. Carla Hall, of ABC’s The Chew, was host of the ceremony.
The theme of the awards this year was “Rise,” which was “meant to celebrate the collective spirit of our community and the power of food. Whether championing causes, committing to values, speaking up for those who can’t be heard, or cooking their hearts out, our food community rises to meet the challenges, to complete the tasks, and to make this world a better, more delicious place for everyone,” the JBF site says.
Seattle’s JuneBaby, was named Best New Restaurant. This makes its founding chef Eduardo Jordan the very first African-American chef in the Awards’ 28-year history to receive the honor. Gabrielle Hamilton, of Prune in NYC, won the honor of Outstanding Chef.

See the full list of winners announced on Monday night below.
James Beard Award Winners
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Camille Cogswell (Zahav, Philadelphia, PA)
Outstanding Baker
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas (B. Patisserie, San Francisco, CA)
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dolester Miles (Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL)
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Miljenko Grgich (Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, CA)
Outstanding Wine Program
FIG (Charleston, SC)
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Jeremiah Langhorne (The Dabney, Washington DC)
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Rodney Scott (Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Charleston, SC)
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, Puerto Rico)
Nina Compton (Compère Lapin, New Orleans, LA)
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice, Chicago, IL)
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)
Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang, Boston, MA)
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Edouardo Jordan (Salare, Seattle, WA)
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver, CO)
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA)
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Gavin Kaysen (Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis)
Best Chef: New York City
Missy Robbins (Lilia, Brooklyn, NY)
Best New Restaurant
JuneBaby, Seattle, WA
Outstanding Service
Zuni Café, San Francisco, CA
Outstanding Restaurateur
Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group, Los Angeles, CA
Outstanding Restaurant
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL

Outstanding Chef
Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune, NYC)
Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and under)
Firm: The MP Shift
Designers: Amy Morris, Anna Polonsky, and Julie Nerenberg
Project: De Maria, NYC
Outstanding Restaurant Design (76 seats and over)
Firms: Aidlin Darling Design with a l m project
Designers: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Adam Rouse, and Andrea Lenardin Madden
Project: In Situ, San Francisco

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