The 2018 James Beard Awards were held in Chicago last night, and L.A. wine guru Caroline Styne is bringing home a medallion.
Styne was awarded the prize for Outstanding Restaurateur on behalf of the Lucques Group, beating out restaurant operators in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. According to the James Beard Foundation’s site, the award honors “[a] working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship.” Styne had been nominated for the award in the past, as well as for Best Service alongside partner Suzanne Goin, with whom she’s built an L.A. culinary empire that includes Lucques, A.O.C., and Larder Baking. In 2015, the duo took over the food and wine programs at the Hollywood Bowl.
Other L.A.-based chefs and restaurants were nominated but (sadly) weren’t victorious. Los Feliz Middle Eastern restaurant Kismet—purveyor of our favorite dish of 2017—was beat out by Seattle’s JuneBaby for Best New Restaurant. Margarita Manzke of République was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef; and two Angelenos, Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, were nominated for Best Chef: West (Dominique Krenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco won). A.O.C.’s wine program was nominated, as well.
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