The 2017 James Beard Award Finalists Have Been Announced

The final candidates for the illustrious James Beard Awards have been announced, with an award ceremony to follow in May

And the Food Oscar goes to….

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.