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2017 James Beard Awards

 

 

The 27th Anniversary of The James Beard Awards, commonly known as the "Oscars of the Food Industry," are coming to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the third consecutive year on Monday, May 1. 

Congratulations to the Chicago JBFA Finalists:

RESTAURANT DESIGN, 76 SEATS AND OVER: AVROKO DESIGNERS KRISTINA O'NEAL, ADAM FARMERIE, GREG BRADSHAW, AND WILLIAM HARRIS FOR MOMOTARO

OUTSTANDING BAKER: GREG WADE, PUBLICAN QUALITY BREAD

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: TOPOLOBAMPO

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR: KEVIN BOEHM AND ROB KATZ, BOKA RESTAURANT GROUP 

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: JENNER TOMASKA 

BEST CHEF, GREAT LAKES: ABRAHAM CONLON, FAT RICE; SARAH GRUENEBERG, MONTEVERDE; BEVERLY KIM AND JOHNNY CLARK, PARACHUTE; LEE WOLEN, BOKA; ERLING WU-BOWER, NICO OSTERIA

For the full list of James Beard Foundation Awards nominees and to purchase tickets, click here

 

(Above) Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace talks ingredients and inspiration in anticipation of the James Beard Awards.

 

Leading up to the awards, 150 restaurants will be participating in James Beard Eats Week. From April 21 through May 1, these restaurants will be featuring a special dish or full menu inspired by James Beard. For a full list of participating restaurants and their menu item(s), please visit Choose Chicago's website.  

(Above) Chef Takashi Yagahashi describes his "east meets west" cooking and his excitement about James Beard Eats Week. 

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