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

Outstanding Service
Del Posto, New York, New York
Quince, San Francisco, California
The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California
CityZen, Washington, D.C.
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado
Picasso – Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Best New Restaurant
Empellón Cocina, New York, New York
Grace, Chicago, Illinois
The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
Rich Table, San Francisco, California

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water, San Francisco, California
David Posey, Blackbird, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore, Maryland
Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis, Missouri
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri
Jack Riebel, Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Chef: Northeast
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, New York
Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, Maine
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Best Chef: Northwest
Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, Oregon
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, Oregon
Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Seattle, Washington
Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, Oregon

Best Chef: NYC
Wylie Dufresne, wd~50
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
Michael White, Marea

Best Chef: South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jeff McInnis, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach, Florida
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Chef: Southeast
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville, Tennessee
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta, Georgia

Best Chef: Southwest
Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, Arizona
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver, Colorado
Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston, Texas

Best Chef: West
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, California
Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco, California



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