Like the Oscars®, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize the finest chefs, restaurants and food journalists in America for culinary excellence and achievement, as well as for their emphasis on the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, preserve and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity.
This year’s JWU alumni nominees for regional best-chef honors include:
Best Chef: NYC (5 Boroughs) Mark Ladner '90, Del Posto
Best Chef: South Vishwesh Bhatt '99, Snackbar/City Grocery, Oxford, MS
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jimmy Bannos Jr. '04,The Purple Pig, Chicago Outstanding Chef
Sean Brock '00, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC David Kinch '81, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
Outstanding Wine Program
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Executive Chef: Joseph Lenn '01 FIG, Charleston, SC
Owner/General Manager: Adam Nemirow Cooking from a Professional Point of View
Manresa: An Edible Reflection
David Kinch '81 with Christine Muhlke
(Ten Speed Press)
The 2014 James Beard Awards gala will take place on May 2 and 5 at New York City’s Lincoln Center.
About the James Beard Awards Established in 1990 and widely considered the country's most coveted culinary honor, the James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best and the brightest talents in the food and beverage industries, celebrating outstanding achievement in each of the following categories: Restaurant and Chef; Restaurant Design; Graphics, Book, Broadcast & Journalism; and various special achievement awards.
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