2016 James Beard Award Finalists: Chefs + Restaurants

The picks are in for the final nominees for the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards. Even though not every chef or restaurant listed here will go home with the award, trust us when we say that you will have a sublime dining experience with any of them. We’ll be cheering them all on in Chicago on May 2nd at the awards ceremony; you can purchase a ticket, too, in case you didn’t know. Congratulations to all the 2016 James Beard Award finalists!

James Beard Awards 2016 Finalists

Finalists include:

Best New Restaurant
Death & Taxes, Raleigh, North Carolina
Launderette, Austin, Texas
Shaya, New Orleans, Louisiana
Staplehouse, Atlanta, Georgia
Wildair, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
The Spotted Pig, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
Eleven Madison Park, New York, New York
North Pond, Chicago, Illinois
Quince, San Francisco, California
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Wine Program
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Chef
Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans, Louisiana
Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco, California

Rising Star of the Year
Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Grae Nonas, Olamaie, Austin, Texas
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, New York, New York
Alan Sternberg, Cerulean, Indianapolis, Indiana
Edward Sura, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Meg Galus, Boka, Chicago, Illinois
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Dahlia Narvarez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, New York, New York
Jennifer Yee, Lafayette, New York, New York

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice, Chicago, Illinois
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Lee Wolen, Boka, Chicago, Illinois
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Eli Kulp, Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore, Maryland

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minnesota

Best Chef: New York City
Marco Canora, Hearth
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, Carbone
Anita Lo, Annisa
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: Northeast
Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston, Massachusetts
Susan Regis, Shepard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Best Chef: Northwest
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, Oregon
Mike Easton, Il Corvo Pasta, Seattle, Washington
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle, Washington
Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, Oregon
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle, Washington

Best Chef: South
Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, Mississippi
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Chef: Southeast
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta, Georgia
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, Tennessee

Best Chef: Southwest
Steve McHugh, Cured, San Antonio, Texas
Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver, Colorado
Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Chef: West
Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco, California
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles, California
Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, California
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon  Wine Bar, Santa Monica, California
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, California
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles, California

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