On Monday, May 4, the James Beard Foundation hosted its annual awards ceremony in Chicago for the first time, at the Lyric Opera House. Food Network host and cookbook author Alton Brown, who last hosted the awards in 2012, returned to host the inaugural Chicago ceremony.
The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, was noted for Outstanding Service.
Chicago restaurateur Donnie Madia, of One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican) was this year’s Outstanding Restaurateur. Jim Lahey, of New York’s Sullivan Street Bakery, took home Outstanding Baker, and the Violet Hour in Chicago was honored for its Outstanding Bar Program.
This year’s Rising Star Chef went to Jessica Largey, chef of David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, California. Mark Ladner of Del Posto, Alon Shaya of Domenica, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, and Jonathon Sawyer of the Greenhouse Tavern were all noted as this year’s regional Best Chefs, among others.
Check out the full list of winners online at the James Beard Foundation, including this year’s Book, Broadcast, and Journalism awardees.