The 2017 James Beard Award Finalists Have Been Announced

The finalists for the 2017 James Beard Awards have been announced in categories ranging from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Restaurateur and Best (regional) Chefs in America. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, May 1, and will be hosted by Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The 2017 James Beard Award nominees in the media categories were also announced and can be found here. That ceremony will take place on New York City's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on Tuesday, April 25.

  1. newcomers to the list can be found in smaller, more rural cities around the country like Birmingham, Alabama, although New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco still dominate the roster of nominees.

The list of restaurant and chef award nominees can be found below, and regional chef award nominees are found on the James Beard blog.

Best New Restaurant

In Situ, San Francisco

Le Coucou, New York City

Olmsted, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, D.C.

Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco

Outstanding Baker

Ken Forkish, Ken's Artisan Bakery, Portland, Ore.

Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco

Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread, Chicago

Outstanding Bar Program

Arnaud's French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Clyde Common, Portland, Ore.

Cure, New Orleans

The Dead Rabbit, New York City

Outstanding Chef

Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, New York City

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.

Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, Mass.

Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, Ala.

Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, New York City

Outstanding Restaurant

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colo.

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, Ala.

Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York City

Quince, San Francisco

The Spotted Pig, New York City

Topolobampo, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Ken Oringer, Uni, Boston

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico), Philadelphia

Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group , Los Angeles

Outstanding Service

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

Galatoire's Restaurant, New Orleans

Marea, New York City

Terra, St. Helena, Calif.

Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco

Canlis, Seattle

Emeril's New Orleans

Fig, Charleston, S.C.

Miller Union, Atlanta

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.

Diane Flynt, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, Va.

Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, Calif.

Aldo Sohm, Zalto Glass, New York City

Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philadelphia


Zachary Engel, Shaya, New Orleans

Matt Rudofker, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York City

Jenner Tomaska, Next, Chicago

Brady Williams, Canlis, Seattle

The Who's Who Award Winners:

Suzanne Goin , multiple James Beard Award–winning chef and restaurateur (A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern), Los Angeles

Evan Kleiman, culinarian; host of KCRW's Good Food, Los Angeles

Roger Berkowitz, president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods, Boston

Michel Nischan, multiple James Beard Award–winning chef; founder, president, and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Bridgeport, Conn.

Rajat Parr, Domaine de la Côte, Lompoc, Calif.

2017 JBF Humanitarian of the Year

Denise Cerreta, One World Everybody Eats, Salt Lake City

2017 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award

Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, Washington, D.C.