The latest class of James Beard Foundation Awards nominees was announced today, an annual ritual that carries with it much of the excitement of Oscar nomination day.
But the spotlight here is all about food, drink and restaurant design, as it has been since 1990 when the James Beard Awards began honoring the food world’s stars.
Winners will be selected from these nominees and presented with their awards at a ceremony on May 1 at the Lyric Opera House of Chicago.
Here are the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees in several major categories. For a complete list of nominees, go to the JBFA site.
Best New Restaurant
In Situ, San Francisco
Le Coucou, NYC
Olmsted; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pineapple and Pearls; Washington, D.C.
Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco
Ken Forkish; Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Portland, Ore.
Mark Furstenberg; Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.
Zachary Golper; Bien Cuit, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas; B. Patisserie, San Francisco
Greg Wade; Publican Quality Bread, Chicago
Gabrielle Hamilton; Prune, NYC
David Kinch; Manresa, Los Gatos, Cailf.
Christopher Kostow; The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
Donald Link; Herbsaint, New Orleans
Michael Solomonov; Zahav, Philadelphia
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kelly Fields; Willa Jean, New Orleans
Maura Kilpatrick; Oleana, Cambridge, Mass.
Margarita Manzke; Republique, Los Angeles
Dolester Miles; Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Ala.
Ghaya Oliveira; Daniel, NYC
Frasca Food and Wine; Boulder, Colo.
Highlands Bar and Grill; Birmingham, Ala.
Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC
Quince, San Francisco
The Spotted Pig, NYC
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz; Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others), Chicago
JoAnn Clevenger; Upperline, New Orleans
Ken Oringer; Uni, Toro, Coppa, and others, Boston
Stephen Starr; Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others), Philadelphia
Caroline Styne; The Lucques Group (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and others), Los Angeles
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Camille Cogswell; Zahav, Philadelphia
Zachary Engel; Shaya, New Orleans
Matt Rudofker; Momofuku Ssam Bar, NYC
Jenner Tomaska, Next, Chicago
Brady Williams; Canlis, Seattle
Travis Lett; Gjelina, Venice, Calif.
Outstanding Bar Program
Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Clyde Common; Portland, Ore.
Cure, New Orleans
The Dead Rabbit, NYC