No Big Wins for L.A. at Last Night’s James Beard Awards

Hey, it’s an honor just to be nominated
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Last night’s James Beard Awards (a.k.a. “the Oscars of the food world”), presented in Chicago, proved disappointing for the home team. Though L.A. chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs were nominated in six categories at the foundation’s 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards—including Suzanne Goin for Outstanding Chef for Lucques, Petit Trois for Best New Restaurant, and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal for Best Chef: West—there were no big wins.

Overall, the night was better for New York City with the award for Best New Restaurant going to Bâtard while Michael Anthony of the Gramercy Tavern won for Outstanding Chef. San Francisco was also well-represented with wins in three categories: A16 (Outstanding Wine Program), Rajat Parr (Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional), and Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions (Best Chef: West).

While women, most notably L.A.’s own Nancy Silverton, who was named last year’s Outstanding Chef, made a big showing at the 2014 awards, only three women took home medals this time around in the national chef and restaurant categories. Among them was Christina Tosi of Momofuku, NYC for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

On the bright side, let’s not forget that Guelaguetza was announced as a winner of the America’s Classics back in February, making it the first traditional Mexican restaurant ever to receive the honors. And we can eat there any time we want, so we win!

Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners:

2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant: Bâtard, NYC

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Restaurateur: Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others), Chicago

Outstanding Service: The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Best Chef, Great Lakes: Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic: Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Best Chef, Midwest: Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Best Chef, Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef, Northwest: Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Best Chef, NYC: Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Best Chef, South: Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef, Southeast: Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

Best Chef, Southwest: Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Best Chef, West: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America:

Allan Benton (Pork Producer and Purveyor), Madisonville, TN
Dale DeGroff (Mixologist), NYC
Wylie Dufresne (Chef and Restaurateur), NYC
Nathalie Dupree (Cookbook Author and Television Personality), Charleston, SC
Maricel Presilla (Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author) Hoboken, NJ

America’s Classics:

Archie’s Waeside (Owner: Robert Rand), Le Mars, IA
Beaumont Inn (Owners: Elizabeth and Dixon Dedman, Helen and Chuck Dedman) Harrodsburg, KY
Guelaguetza (Owners: The Lopez Family), Los Angeles
Sally Bell’s Kitchen (Owners: Martha Crowe Jones and Scott Jones), Richmond, VA
Sevilla Restaurant (Owners: Jose Lloves and Bienvenido Alvarez) NYC

Humanitarian of the Year: Michel Nischan (CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave), Westport, CT

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises), Chicago

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