2017 James Beard restaurant and chef award winners
Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards, and Chicago’s Rick Bayless’ high-end Mexican eatery Topolobampo won the outstanding restaurant honor. Another Philadelphia foodie — Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants — won the outstanding restaurateur award at a ceremony many consider the Oscars of the culinary world.
Here’s the full list of winners:
National restaurant and chef awards
Best New Restaurant » Le Coucou in New York
Outstanding Baker » Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst in Washington
Outstanding Bar Program » Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in New Orleans
Outstanding Chef » Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia
Outstanding Pastry Chef » Ghaya Oliveira of Daniel in New York
Outstanding Restaurant » Topolobampo in Chicago
Outstanding Restaurateur » Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia
Outstanding Service » Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
Outstanding Wine Program » Canlis in Seattle
Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional » Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del.
Rising Star Chef of the Year » Zachary Engel of Shaya in New Orleans
Restaurant design awards
75 Seats and Under » Firm: AvroKO; Designers: Kristina O’Neal, William Harris, Adam Farmerie and Greg Bradshaw; Project: SingleThread, Healdsburg, California
76 Seats and Over » Design Firm: Meyer Davis; Designers: Will Meyer, Gray Davis and Katie McPherson; Project: St. Cecilia, Atlanta
Design Icon » Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant; New York
Regional chef awards
Best Chef: Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) » Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde in Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia) » Greg Vernick of Vernick Food and Drink in Philadelphia
Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) » Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe in St. Louis
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs) » Marco Canora of Hearth
Best Chef: Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York state, Rhode Island, Vermont) » Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley of Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine
Best Chef: Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming) » Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton of Ox in Portland, Ore.
Best Chef: South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico) » Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint in New Orleans
Best Chef: Southeast (Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia) » Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta
Best Chef: Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah) » Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s in Houston
Best Chef: West (California, Hawaii, Nevada) » Corey Lee of Benu in San Francisco
Bertha’s Kitchen, Charleston, S.C. » Owners: Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney and Sharon Coakley
Gioia’s Deli, St. Louis » Owner: Alex Donley
La Taqueria, San Francisco » Owner: Miguel Jara
Sahadi’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. » Owners: Christine Sahadi Whelan and Ron Sahadi
Schultz’s Crab House, Essex, Md. » Owners: Chrissy Burkman, Stephanie Kell, Jason McKinney, Michelle McKinney, Robert A. McKinney Jr. and Stephan McKinney
Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America
Roger Berkowitz » President and CEO, Legal Sea Foods, Boston
Suzanne Goin » Multiple James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, Los Angeles
Evan Kleiman » Culinarian; host of KCRW’s “Good Food,” Los Angeles
Michel Nischan » Multiple James Beard Award-winning chef; founder, president and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Bridgeport, Conn.
Rajat Parr » Domaine de la Côte, Lompoc, Calif.
Humanitarian of the Year » Denise Cerreta of One World Everybody Eats in Salt Lake City
Lifetime Achievement Award » Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora in Washington
— The Associated Press