James Beard Awards nominees include Chicago chefs, restaurants

Chefs at Parachute, nominated for Best New Restaurant at the 2015 James Beard Awards.

Not only will Chicago host the 2015 James Beard Awards, but the list of nominees is ripe with local chefs and restaurants.

They include Parachute for the Best New Restaurant; The Violet Hour for Outstanding Bar Program; Dana Cree at Blackbird for Outstanding Pastry Chef; and Tanya Baker at Boarding House for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

Best Chef: Great Lakes boils it down to five nominees, four of which are in Chicago or the suburbs, including Curtis Duffy at Grace; Paul Virant at Vie (Western Springs); Erling Wu-Bower at Nico Osteria; and Andrew Zimmerman at Sepia.

The 2015 James Beard Awards will be presented on Monday, May 4 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

ABC7's Hungry Hound was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards. That awards dinner will be held at New York City's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on Friday, April 24.

The Complete 2015 JBF Award Nominees

JAMES BEARD AWARDS NOMINEES FROM CHICAGO

2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design
Designers: James Gorski and Tom Nahabedian
Project: Brindille, Chicago

Design Firm: Condor Construction
Designers: Matthew Maddy
Project: Colonia Verde, Brooklyn, NY

Design Firm: Michael R. Davis Architects & Interiors
Designers: Michael R. Davis and Ronald J. Nemec
Project: Fish & Game, Hudson, NY


Best New Restaurant

Batard, NYC
Central Provisions, Portland, ME
Cosme, NYC
Parachute, Chicago
Petit Trois, Los Angeles
The Progress, San Francisco
Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis


Outstanding Bar Program

Arnaud's French 75 Bar, New Orleans
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
Trick Dog, San Francisco
The Violet Hour, Chicago


Outstanding Pastry Chef

Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC
Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC


Outstanding Restaurateur

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)
Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco (Michael Mina, RN74, Bourbon Steak, and others)
Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy's Back Street Kitchen, and Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (The Dandelion, Talula's Garden, Serpico, and others)


Outstanding Service

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Marea, NYC
Quince, San Francisco
Restaurant August, New Orleans
Topolobampo, Chicago


Rising Star Chef of the Year

Tanya Baker, Boarding House, Chicago
Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia
Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Washington, D.C.
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME
Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles


Best Chef: Great Lakes

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland
Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago


2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Melman
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Chicago


JAMES BEARD JOURNALISM AWARDS

Podcast

Eat This Podcast
Host: Jeremy Cherfas
Producer: Jeremy Cherfas
Airs on: eatthispodcast.com

The Feed Podcast
Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky
Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky
Airs on: soundcloud.com/thefeedpodcast

Gravy
Host: Tina Antolini
Producers: Tina Antolini and the Southern Foodways Alliance
Airs on: southernfoodways.org/gravy


Television Segment

CBS This Morning's "The Dish"
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

The Hungry Hound
Host: Steve Dolinsky
Producer: Irit Nayden
Airs on: ABC 7 Chicago

WCCO This Morning's "DeRusha Eats"
Host: Jason DeRusha
Producer: Jason DeRusha
Airs on: WCCO

Food and Culture

"The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers"
Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine

"The Lost Apples of the South"
Rowan Jacobsen and the Southern Living Test Kitchen
Southern Living

"What Happens When All-Star Chefs Get in Bed with Big Food?"
Mike Sula
Chicago Reader

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