2016 James Beard Award Winners + a Look Inside Michael Murphy’s Rosé Bowl

Trust us when we say that you’re pretty much guaranteed a delicious meal when you dine with a 2016 James Beard Award winner. We were in Chicago to cheer on all the nominees and celebrate this year’s recipients. Before the big event, we attended Michael Murphy’s Rosé Bowl at Momotaro. We’ve got some bubbly pics from photographer Lynzie Hazan, and then scroll down for our list of the chef and restaurant 2016 James Beard Award winners.

Winners include:

Best New Restaurant
Shaya, New Orleans, Louisiana

Outstanding Restaurant
Alinea, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ken Friedman, The Breslin, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, Florida

Outstanding Chef
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California

Rising Star of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, New York, New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dahlia Narvarez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Chef: New York City
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Congratulations: 2014 Food + Wine Best New Chefs

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This is not your Bubby’s brisket. It is, however, Ari Taymor”s.

Today, Food + Wine announced their picks for  Best New Chefs of 2014. The honorees are:

* Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles, California

* Joe Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, Dover, Brooklyn, New York

* Eli Kulp, Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

* Matt McAllister, FT33, Dallas, Texas

* Dave Beran, Next, Chicago, Illinois

* Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, Oregon

* Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston, Texas

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2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Finalists Revealed

Gary Danko and Jonathan Waxman, pictured here with Thomas Keller and Jeremiah Tower at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York, are both nominated for 2013 James Beard Awards.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on May 6, 2013, in New York City. Nominated chefs and restaurants include:

Oustanding Chef
Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern, Los Angeles, California
Paul Kahan Blackbird, The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Silverton Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco, California
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Brooks Headley, Del Posto, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois

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2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semi-Finalists

Semifinalists Daniel Patterson of Coi and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadwood celebrate at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Nominated restaurants include:

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Patina, Los Angeles, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

Best New Restaurant
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Borgne, New Orleans, Louisiana
Butcher & The Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Empellón Cocina, New York, New York
Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Khong River House, Miami Beach, Florida
Mateo, Durham, North Carolina
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
PABU, Baltimore, Maryland
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rich Table, San Francisco, California
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, California
Underbelly, Houston, Texas
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Neal Brown, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Indianapolis, Indiana
Zack Bruell, Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio
Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert’s Table, Cincinnati, Ohio
Luciano Del Signore, Bacco Ristorante, Southfield, Michigan
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, Ohio
Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis, Indiana
Matthew Millar, Reserve, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chris Nugent, goosefoot, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, Indiana
Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

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