The 85th Academy Awards may have come and gone, but the James Beard Awards, better known as the "Oscars of the Food World," are just getting started.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring the outstanding names in the food and beverage industry.
There is no cash reward, but a win – or even a nomination – can substantially increase the buzz for business, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.
The nominations for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards were live-tweeted (@BeardFoundation) and streamed from Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. The winners will be announced May 6 at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception hosted by actor Stanley Tucci at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Here are the finalists:
AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS
Locally owned restaurants "beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community," according to the Foundation.
Kramarczuk's, Owner: Orest Kramarczuk (215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Frank Fat's, Owners: The Fat family (806 L Street, Sacramento, California)
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Owner: Andre Prince Jeffries (123 Ewing Drive, Nashville, Tennessee)
C.F. Folks, Owner: Art Carlson (1225 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C.)
Keens Steakhouse, Owner: George Schwarz (72 W. 36th St., New York City, New York)
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Empellón Cocina (New York City, New York)
Grace (Chicago, Illinois)
The Ordinary (Charleston, South Carolina)
Rich Table (San Francisco, California)
State Bird Provisions (San Francisco, California)
OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM
The Aviary (Chicago, Illinois)
Bar Agricole (San Francisco, California)
The Bar at the NoMad Hotel (New York City, New York)
Holeman & Finch Public House (Atlanta, Georgia)
Pegu Club (New York City, New York)
The Violet Hour (Chicago, Illinois)
Sean Brock, McCrady's (Charleston, South Carolina)
David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar (New York City, New York)
Suzanne Goin, Lucques (West Hollywood, California)
Paul Kahan, Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza (Los Angeles, California)
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery (New York City, New York)
Melissa Chou, Aziza (San Francisco, California)
Ken Forkish, Ken's Artisan Bakery (Portland, Oregon)
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (Miami, Florida)
Brooks Headley, Del Posto (New York City, New York)
August (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Blue Hill (New York City, New York)
Highlands Bar and Grill (Birmingham, Alabama)
The Slanted Door (San Francisco, California)
Spiaggia (Chicago, Illinois)
Maguy Le Coze: Le Bernardin (New York City, New York)
Donnie Madia: One Off Hospitality Group- (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, etc. (Chicago, Illinois)
Piero Selvaggio: Valentino Restaurant Group – Valentino, Valentino Vin Bar (Santa Monica, California)
Caroline Styne: Lucques, Tavern, A.O.C., etc. (West Hollywood, California)
Phil Suarez: Suarez Restaurant Group – ABC Kitchen, Jean Georges, wd~50, etc. (New York City, New York)
Del Posto (New York City, 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)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
CityZen at Mandarin Oriental (Washington, D.C.)
Frasca Food and Wine (Boulder, Colorado)
Picasso at Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
OUTSTANDING WINE & SPIRITS OR BEER PROFESSIONAL
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery (Sebastopol, California)
Garrett Oliver, The Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York)
Neal Rosenthal, Rosenthal Wine Merchant, (New York City, New York)
David Wondrich, spirits educator (Brooklyn, New York)
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig (Chicago, Illinois)
Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food (San Francisco and New York City)
Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water (San Francisco, California)
David Posey, Blackbird (Chicago, Illinois)
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island (Lummi Island, Washington)
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES
Dave Beran, Next (Chicago, Illinois)
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat (Chicago, Illinois)
Jonathon Sawyer, 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)
Johnny Monis, Komi (Washington, D.C.)
Brad Spence, Amis (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika (Washington, D.C.)
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST
Justin Aprahamian, Sanford (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Gerard Craft, Niche (Clayton, Missouri)
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem (Kansas City, Missouri)
Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Jack Riebel, Butcher & the Boar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa (Boston, Massachusetts)
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston, Massachusetts)
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
April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
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)
Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Alon Shaya, Domenica (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's (New Orleans, Louisiana)
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST
Ashley Christensen, Poole's Diner (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia (Louisville, Kentucky)
Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union (Atlanta, Georgia)
Tandy Wilson, City House (Nashville, Tennessee)
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST
Kevin Binkley, Binkley's Restaurant (Cave Creek, Arizona)
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine (Austin, Texas)
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja (Denver, Colorado)
Hugo Ortega, Hugo's (Houston, Texas)
Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston, Texas)
BEST CHEF: WEST
Chris Cosentino, Incanto (San Francisco, California)
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, California)
Corey Lee, Benu (San Francisco, California)
Daniel Patterson, Coi (San Francisco, California)
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal (Los Angeles, California)
WHO'S WHO OF FOOD & BEVERAGE IN AMERICA INDUCTEES
Dorothy Kalins, Editor (New York City, New York)
Barbara Lynch, Chef and Restaurateur (Boston, Massachusetts)
Zarela Martinez, Chef and Restaurateur (New York City, New York)
Michael Mina, Chef and Restaurateur (San Francisco, California)
Bill Yosses, Pastry Chef and Author (Washington, D.C.)
And as it happens, our Jeremy Harlan, Tom Foreman, Dan Lothian, Eric Marrapodi and Kat Kinsman are finalists in the James Beard Broadcast Awards for Best Television Segment. See their nominated videos.
Editor's note: Eatocracy Editor Kat Kinsman is the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, the group that oversees the journalism category's awards. These awards are entirely separate from the broadcast awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.
I love that Dorothy Kalins is being recognized. She has been a constant inspiration to those of us who care about food.
I've been to Keens. Their mutton is AMAZING.
Right u r. St louis has the best restaurants. I've been to all the above....they are great, reasonable and home grown.
Cunettos,, Zias, Favazzas, Charlie Gittos, 11 11 Mississippi, Vin de Set, I could go on forever. All in SAINT LOUIS< MISSOUR. Boy did you guys miss the boat.
My sincere Congratulations to our Fearless Leader,Kat Kinsman for this nomination and ultimate WIN. Let us Not forget her food fighting partner in crime....Ms. Sarah LeTrent,our resident Breakfast Cereal Connoisseur. A job Well Done Ladies.
Thank you! Sososososo much credit is to our brilliant colleague Jeremy Harlan (on whose post Flamenons was born).
Ditto, ditto, ditto! Nice Kat and SLT! VERY Nice!
Pete Wells wrote an entry in The New York Times Diner's Journal recently saying that he thought New York City was under-represented in the semifinalists lists. Doesn't look like he could make the same argument about the finalists–I see a lot of NYC in the top categories, including some categories with multiple New York nominees. Washington, D.C., on the other hand, had some great semifinalists I'm disappointed to see aren't finalists, particularly Mintwood Place, which was up for new restaurant and Tiffany MacIsaac for pastry chef. Of course, I haven't sampled all of their competition, hardly any really, but I always like to root for the home team. And Kat–congratulations on your nomination for Best Television Segment!
I think http://www.drewbys.com should be included
They can't include them all, because they can't visit them all in one year (or even ten). Just like writers, artists and musicians, there will always be some who are far better than the greatest who nevertheless will go unsung their whole lives. Let the ones who won this year bask in their well-deserved award. Chefing is incredibly hard work.
If Kat Kinsman is the Vice-Chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, she should not be eligible for a James Beard Award. It doesn't matter if an outside consulting firm picks the award nominees and winners. Also, as a resident of Upper East Side Manhattan, I have been to many of the NYC restaurants listed, and have to say...a lot of carry-overs from Top Chef do not deserve to be on the Best Chefs list. Wylie Dufresne, Jonathan Waxman, Michael White, April Bloomfield were all closely associated with the show, and I have been to each of their restaurants...all but Waxman's were forgettable experiences...
It's an entirely different committee. Journalism is a completely separate set of awards from Broadcast - different committee, different awards. I don't let Eatocracy enter in the Journalism categories in order to avoid any sort of ethical quandaries like that.
Same basic organization, though. That does raise eyebrows. But raised eyebrows aren't the same thing as actual malfeasance/nepotism, so I'm perfectly willing to believe there's nothing more to it than that. Congratulations on your nomination, though I'm at a loss trying to figure out why my favorite holes-in-the-wall barbecue joints with cinderblock walls and unfinished wooden tables don't dominate all these categories except, perhaps, the New York awards. They're tasty. Very tasty.
Oh believe me - the lack of BBQ joints has been argued by plenty of people, including me. If nothing else, they have won a few America's Classics awards, but if it were up to me, they'd come tops every year.
Party of One named Bitter, your table is ready in the STFU cafe!
Very well deserved.
When you win, be sure to send it to the NP alumni magazine "Alumni Happenings" section...
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