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Here is the list of winners:

2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards
75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2015)
Firm: The MP Shift
Designers: Amy Morris, Anna Polonsky, and Julie Nerenberg
Project: De Maria, NYC

76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2015)
Firms: Aidlin Darling Design with a l m project
Designers: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Adam Rouse, and Andrea Lenardin Madden
Project: In Situ, San Francisco

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The American Restaurant
Kansas City, Missouri



2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Best New Restaurant
JuneBaby
Seattle

Outstanding Baker (Presented by Taylor Precision Products)
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas
B. Patisserie
San Francisco

Outstanding Bar Program (Presented by Woodford Reserve Bourbon)
Cure
New Orleans

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
Gabrielle Hamilton
Prune
NYC

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
Dolester Miles
Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, AL

Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, AL

Outstanding Restaurateur
Caroline Styne
The Lucques Group (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern, and others)
Los Angeles

Outstanding Service
Zuni Café
San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
FIG
Charleston, SC

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
Miljenko Grgich
Grgich Hills Estate
Rutherford, CA

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Camille Cogswell
Zahav
Philadelphia

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Abraham Conlon
Fat Rice
Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Jeremiah Langhorne
The Dabney
Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Gavin Kaysen
Spoon and Stable
Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Missy Robbins
Lilia
Brooklyn, NY

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Karen Akunowicz
Myers + Chang
Boston

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Edouardo Jordan
Salare
Seattle

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)
Nina Compton
Compère Lapin
New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Rodney Scott
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Charleston, SC

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Alex Seidel
Mercantile Dining & Provision
Denver

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Dominique Crenn
Atelier Crenn
San Francisco



2018 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees
Jody Adams
Chef/Owner, TRADE, Porto, and Saloniki
Boston

Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin
Co-Proprietors, Commander’s Palace
New Orleans

Allison Hooper
Co-Founder, Vermont Creamery
Websterville, VT

Daniel Johnnes
Wine Director, The Dinex Group
New York City, NY



2018 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics (Presented by TABASCO® Sauce)
Sun Wah
Chicago, IL
Owners: Kelly Cheng, Laura Cheng and Michael Cheng

Galleria Umberto
Boston, MA
Owners: Paul Deuterio and Ralph Deuterio

Los Hernandez
Union Gap, WA
Owner: Felipe Hernandez

El Guero Canelo
Tucson, AZ
Owner: Daniel Contreras

Dong Phuong Bakery
New Orleans, LA
Owner: Linh Tran Garza



2018 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
José Andrés
Multiple James Beard Award–Winning Chef; Owner, ThinkFoodGroup; Founder, World Central Kitchen



2018 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Paula Wolfert
Multiple James Beard Award–Winning Author
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Originally posted by Italian Wino:

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
Dolester Miles
Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, AL

Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, AL


It's our favorite in all of Alabama! It's been great for well over a decade. Highly recommended
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Originally posted by dinwiddie:
The award to José Andrés is very well deserved. Living in the DC area I have been able to dine at his establishments many times, and the only thing better than the food is the man himself. He is an inspiration to all of us.


Agreed! Also nice to see Jeremiah Langhorne get the nod for "best chef mid-Atlantic" for his work at The Dabney. Great place.

According to our local critic, Tom Sietsma, 11 of the 15 major chef/restaurant awards were given to women, people of color or both.

PH
Quote from the editor of Eater, Amanda Kludt.

I find it interesting judges don’t have to dine in the establishments.


“Then hundreds of eligible voters narrow the committee’s selections down to semi-finalists and then winners.
It’s an interesting hybrid system, my only complaint being that, as a voter, one can vote in any category whether you are expert in the area or not, leading to more wins for places that have the benefit of PR or tourism boards. (For example, I can vote in the Pacific Northwest category if I want, even if I’ve only been to Portland because of a recurring food festival there; and I can vote in the best restaurateur category even if I’ve never been to the restaurants of, say, Martha Hoover in Indianapolis.)”
Good point Zeus. For years, restauranteurs in Indianapolis have been crying foul as they don't get more love in this thing, and they've long asked "have you guys even eaten here?"

Objectively, there are some fabulous restaurants here (Black Market, Milktooth, Rook, Tinker Street, Oakley's Bistro would be my short list.) But, Indy has the penalty of being in the same region as Chicago, which is world-class.
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