2016 James Beard Foundation Award Winners Announced

May 2, 2016 10:30 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:30 pm

The James Beard Foundation Awards wrapped up at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on the evening of May 2, honoring the country’s top culinary talent.

Below is the list of winners:

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards 

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: Northeast
Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, N.Y.

Best Chef: Northwest
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Best Chef: South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest
Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant
Shaya, New Orleans

Oustanding Baker
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

Outstanding Bar Program
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, New York

Outstanding Chef
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant
Alinea, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ken Friedman, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café, New York City

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, Florida

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, New York City


2016 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees


Gina Gallo, winemaker, Sonoma, California
Jim Lahey, baker and proprietor, New York City
Ed Levine, author and founder of Serious Eats, New York City
Dr. Temple Grandin, author and animal rights activist, Fort Collins, Colorado
Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur, New York City

2016 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles


2016 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Leah Chase. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, New Orleans


The 2016 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under (TIE)
Firm: Demian Repucci Design
Designer: Demian Repucci
Project: Bruno, New York City

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Designers: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with Cooper Robertson and Bentel & Bentel
Project: Untitled, New York City

76 Seats and Over 
Firm: Land and Sea Dept. 
Designers: Mode Carpentry, Land and Sea Dept. (Robert McAdams, Jon Martin, Peter Toalson, and Cody Hudson)
Project: Cherry Circle Room, Chicago