Read All the Winners at the 25th Annual James Beard Foundation Awards


Aaron Franklin celebrates with a kiss before taking the stage.

This week, The Braiser’s in Chicago, recapping the events of the 25th annual James Beard Foundation Awards.

Before revelers fled to the hot dog trucks outside The Aviary and that woman with the bionic mezcal-pouring arms at Frontera Grill, nominees had to squirm through 3.5 hours of Alton Brown playing the guitar/handing out medals inside the Lyric Opera House of Chicago, (where all news wasn’t bad news last night.) After the uninterrupted 45 minute musical interlude that opened the show, the winners were announced. And while Chicago claimed honors for Outstanding Restaurateur which went to Donnie Madia, and Outstanding Bar Program, which went to The Violet Hour, San Francisco made the strongest case it should be the JBFA’s next home after Chicago’s contract expires in 2017.

The New York Contingent

Best New Restaurant: Bâtard, NYC

New York City: Mark Ladner, Del Posto, NYC

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

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

Chicago’s Showing

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

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

Design Award, 75 Seats and Under: Project: Brindille, Chicago

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

Ambitious San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

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

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

The Regionals

Great Lakes: Jonathon Sawyer, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic: Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Midwest: Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

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

South: Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Southeast: Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

Southwest: Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

The Esteemed

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

2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

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 Restauran, 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 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

And The Rest

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

Rising Star Chef: Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design; Designers: Tom Nahabedian and James Gorski

Design Award, 76 Seats and Over: Project: Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs, CA; Design Firm: SOMA; Designers: Michel Abboud

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