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James Beard Foundation Awards 2015 - The Winners

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James Beard Foundation Awards 2015 - The Winners
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The James Beard Awards for 2015 in Chicago have ended with a number of notable mentions from the night.

It was the first time the awards have been held outside of New York as thousands of chefs, journalists and food professionals rocked up to the Lyric Opera house for an event packed with laughs, food, happy chefs and a impromptu blue performance from Alton Brown.

The Rising Star Chef Award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino, went to Jessica Largey from David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant in California. Cool, calm and composed, she said it all felt a little surreal: “I really just wanted too get up there without falling, I work in a kitchen and I really love that so to be in a dress and heels I was like ‘make it up there, make it up there’ so that was my focus and my serious face.” Last year’s Rising Star Chef, Blaine Wetzel, was back again, winning the category of Best Chef in the Northwest.

The Best New Restaurant award went to Bâtard in New York while the Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Baker and Outstanding Pastry Chef awards all went to The Big Apple with Michael Anthony from Gramercy Tavern, Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery and Christina Tosi from Momofuku.

The Outstanding Restaurant award, sponsored by Acqua Panna, was awarded to Blue Hill at Stone Barns and chef Dan Barber.

Below you will find a full list of all this year’s winners.

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, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)   
Outstanding Service, Presented by Goose Island Beer Company

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
2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2012)
Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design

Designers: James Gorski and Tom Nahabedian

Project: Brindille, Chicago
76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2012)

Design Firm: SOMA

Designers: Michel Abboud

Project: Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs, CA
2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics, Presented by Brand USA

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

2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America 

Allan Benton
Pork Producer and Purveyor
Madisonville, TN
Dale DeGroff
Wylie Dufresne
Chef and Restaurateur
Nathalie Dupree
Cookbook Author and Television Personality
Charleston, SC 
Maricel Presilla
Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author
Hoboken, NJ
2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Michel Nischan 
CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave
, Westport, CT

2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Melman - 
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, 
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