The Complete List of 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Winners

New Orleans restaurant Shaya took home the Best New Restaurant award.
New Orleans restaurant Shaya took home the Best New Restaurant award. Stephen Young

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 Restaurant and Chef awards during a ceremony Monday night at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Here is the full list of winners:

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, New York

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, New York City

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

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

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

American Cooking

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

Chris Fischer with Catherine Young

(Little, Brown and Company)

Baking and Dessert 

Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More

Sarah Owens

(Roost Books)


The Oxford Companion to Wine

Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding

(Oxford University Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

NOPI: The Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

(Ten Speed Press)

Focus on Health

Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome

Virginia Willis

(Ten Speed Press)

General Cooking

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

J. Kenji López-Alt

(W. W. Norton & Company)


Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

Photographer: Heidi Swanson

(Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

Toni Tipton-Martin

(University of Texas Press)

Single Subject 

A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood

Diana Henry

(Mitchell Beazley)

Writing and Literature 

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Marion Nestle

(Oxford University Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian 

V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks

Michael Anthony

(Little, Brown and Company)

Book of the Year:

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Deborah Madison

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards/Presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts


The Starfish Throwers

Director: Jesse Roesler

Producers: Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert

Airs on: DirecTV Audience Network and iTunes 

Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Vivian Howard

A Chef’s Life

Airs on: PBS



Host: Tina Antolini

Producer: Tina Antolini

Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

The Food Chain: Chinatown

Host: Dan Saladino

Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino

Airs on: NPR Stations/BBC World Service


Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays

Host: Lidia Bastianich

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra

Airs on: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Extra Virgin

Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos

Airs on: Cooking Channel

Television Program, on Location

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

Host: Phil Rosenthal

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, and David Beebe

Airs on: PBS

Television Segment

PBS NewsHour’s “Food4Thought”

Host: Allison Aubrey

Producer: Mary Beth Durkin

Airs on: PBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond

Host: Raghavan Iyer

Producer: Jared Maher

Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location

The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma

Producer: Elana Schulman

Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence

Chef’s Table

Directors: David Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried

Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker

Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits, and Jesse Overman

Airs on: Netflix

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Dining and Travel

“America’s Best Food Cities”

Tom Sietsema

The Washington Post

Food and Culture

“Straight-Up Passing”

John Birdsall


Food and Health

“The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat”

Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky

Cooking Light 

Food Blog

Lucky Peach 

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Los Angeles Magazine

Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza

Food-Related Columns


Francis Lam

New York Times Magazine

Food Reporting

“Seafood From Slaves—An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century”

Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell

Associated Press

Home Cooking

"Cook Like a Pro!"

Adam Rapoport

Bon Appétit  



Maryse Chevriere


Personal Essay

“On Chicken Tenders”

Helen Rosner



“Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta”

Wendell Brock

The Bitter Southerner

Visual Storytelling

“One Night: Kachka”

Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman


Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

“There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”

Dave Infante


Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

“A Health Food Restaurant so Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds,” “Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution,” “Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd”

Tejal Rao

Bloomberg Pursuits 

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

“Pork Life”

Todd Kliman

Lucky Peach

Publication of the Year

Lucky Peach

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