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.
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
Central Provisions, Portland, ME
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
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)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Quince, San Francisco
Restaurant August, New Orleans
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 MelmanLettuce Entertain You EnterprisesChicago
JAMES BEARD JOURNALISM AWARDS
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
Host: Tina Antolini
Producers: Tina Antolini and the Southern Foodways Alliance
Airs on: southernfoodways.org/gravy
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
"What Happens When All-Star Chefs Get in Bed with Big Food?"