James Beard Awards nominees include Chicago chefs, restaurants

CHICAGO (WLS) -- 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


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
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