The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.
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.
Tuesday morning, the nominees for Journalism, Broadcast, Books, Chefs and Restaurants were announced at Publican restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. We are thrilled to note that Jeremy Harlan and Tom Foreman of CNN and Sarah LeTrent of CNN's Eatocracy are finalists in the Broadcast category for Television Segment.
Chef and restaurant winners will be announced on Monday, May 5 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and Journalism, Books and Broadcast will be announced Friday, May 2 at Gotham Hall in New York City.
See all the chef and restaurant nominees below, and explore the gallery above for pictures and color from last year's awards.
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Best Chef: Great Lakes
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Best Chef: Midwest
Best Chef: Northeast
Best Chef: Northwest
Best Chef: South
Best Chef: Southeast
Best Chef: Southwest
Best Chef: West
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 restaurant awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.
Next entry »Get to know Prosecco