We talk to chefs like Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, John Besh and Daniel Boulud about this year's awards
The 2013 James Beard Awards were held in New York City last night, and for only the third time in history, the award for Outstanding Chef was a tie: Momofuku titan David Chang shared the crown with Paul Kahan (of Chicago’s Blackbird and Publican). Danny Bowien, of Mission Chinese Food, was named Rising Star Chef (read our interview with him here), Del Posto’s Brooks Headley took the title of Outstanding Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin’s Maguy Le Coze was named Outstanding Restaurateur, and San Francisco’s State Bird Provisions won Best New Restaurant, the win perfectly timed as they work on their new restaurant The Progress.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco and New York City
Outstanding Bar Program
The Aviary, Chicago
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol, Calif.
Outstanding Wine Program
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colo.
Best Chef: Great Lakes
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago
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, New York City
Best Chef: Northwest
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
Best Chef: West
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
Best Chef: Northeast
Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, Maine
Best Chef: South
Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace, New Orleans
Best Chef: Southeast
Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
Best Chef: Southwest
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver
Restaurant Design and Graphics: 75 Seats and Under
Isa, Taavo Somer, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Restaurant Design and Graphics: 76 Seats and Over:
Juvia, Alejandro Barrios Carrero Designs, Miami Beach, Fla.
2013 Who’s Who Inductees
Zarela Martinez, Michael Mina, Bill Yosses, Eric Asimov, Dorothy Kalins, and Barbara Lynch
Lifetime Achievement Award
Cecilia Chiang (Chef and Restaurateur, San Francisco)
Humanitarian of the Year
Emeril Lagasse (Chef and Restaurateur, New Orleans)
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Brooks Headley, Del Posto, New York City
Best New Restaurant
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Del Posto, New York City
Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin, New York City
Blue Hill, New York City