2012 James Beard Foundation Award Restaurant + Chef Nominees Announced

Congratulations to Chef Mike Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his James Beard Award nomination!

After nearly a month of hand-wringing, the folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of nominees for  the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Best wishes to all the nominees who work so hard to wow both diners and their peers every day of the year. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2012. Use the links below to determine your own set of winners. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Boulevard, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best New Restaurant
Fiola, Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs: Great Lakes
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis, Missouri
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri
Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, Wisconsin
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minnesota

Best Chef: Northeast
Tim Cushman, o ya, Boston, Massachusetts
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, New York

Best Chef: Northwest
Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Christopher Israel, Grüner, Portland, Oregon
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, Oregon

Best Chef: NYC
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
Wylie Dufresne, wd~50
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Michael White, Marea

Best Chef: Pacific
Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville, California
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco, California

Best Chef: South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana
John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans, Louisiana
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Chef: Southeast
Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, South Carolina
Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, Georgia

Best Chef: Southwest
Bruce Auden, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio, Texas
Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, Arizona
Bruno Davaillon, Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver, Colorado
Paul Qui, Uchiko, Austin, Texas

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Thomas McNaughton, flour + water, San Francisco, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco, California
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Ghaya Oliveira, Boulud Sud, New York, New York
Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Service
Cyrus, Healdsburg, California
La Grenouille, New York, New York
MICHAEL MINA, San Francisco, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado
No. 9 Park, Boston, Massachusetts


  1. Jeev says

    So happy for Paul Qui!! He was really amazing on Top Chef and was happy when he won that. Hope he wins the James Beard award too.

  2. DeLaine Emmert says

    Best wishes to Jason Franey at Canlis!!!!! Canlis has been in Seattle for generations and has always been the top dog.

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