Congrats to Our Rising Stars and All The 2015 James Beard Award Winners!

May 2015

A decade ago in 2005, there were five StarChefs Rising Stars among the 65 James Beard Award finalists across all applicable categories, about eight percent of the finalists. This year there were 32 Rising Stars among the finalists accross 113 categories, that's more than 28 percent of all finalists. Seven of the 32 Rising Stars became James Beard Award winners on Monday May 3rd in Chicago. We're so proud to have been along for the ride of all these talented chefs who are now apart of an elite culinary group—may your successes continue and we hope to break bread with you again soon! Congratualtions to all the finalists and winners. 

The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards 
Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, NYC

Outstanding Baker
Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Outstanding Bar Program
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)   

Outstanding Service
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic 
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Best Chef: Midwest
Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Best Chef: Northeast
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Northwest
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Best Chef: NYC
Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Best Chef: South
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

Best Chef: Southwest
Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Best Chef: West
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2012)
Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design
Designers: James Gorski and Tom Nahabedian
Project: Brindille, Chicago

 76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2012)
Design Firm: SOMA
Designers: Michel Abboud
Project: Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs, CA

2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA
Owner: Robert Rand 
Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, KY
Owners: Elizabeth and Dixon Dedman, Helen and
Chuck Dedman
Guelaguetza, Los Angeles
Owners: The Lopez Family
Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Richmond, VA
Owners: Martha Crowe Jones and Scott Jones
Sevilla Restaurant, NYC
Owners: Jose Lloves and Bienvenido Alvarez 

2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America 
Allan Benton
Pork Producer and Purveyor
Madisonville, TN
Dale DeGroff
Wylie Dufresne
Chef and Restaurateur
Nathalie Dupree
Cookbook Author and Television Personality
Charleston, SC 
Maricel Presilla
Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author
Hoboken, NJ

2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Michel Nischan
CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave
Westport, CT

2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Melman
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
American Cooking  
Sean Brock
Baking and Dessert  
Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours
Alice Medrich

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail
Dave Arnold
(W. W. Norton & Company)
 Cooking from a Professional Point of View 
Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes
Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns
(Chronicle Books)

Focus on Health
Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing
Keith Schroeder
(Oxmoor House)

General Cooking 
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking
Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham
(Clarkson Potter)

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition
David Sterling
(University of Texas Press)

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World
Gabriele Galimberti
(Clarkson Potter)

Reference and Scholarship
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Adam Danforth
(Storey Publishing)

Single Subject  
Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes
Jennifer McLagan
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian  
At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well
Amy Chaplin
(Roost Books)

Writing and Literature  
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
Dan Barber
(Penguin Press)
Cookbook Hall of Fame
Barbara Kafka
Cookbook of the Year
Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition
David Sterling
(University of Texas Press)

2015 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards
The Feed Podcast
Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky
Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky
​Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Hidden Kitchens World
Producers: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)
Airs on: NPR

Food Chains
Host: Forest Whitaker
Director: Sanjay Rawal
Producers: Hamilton Fish, Smriti Keshari, Eva Longoria, Sanjay Rawal, and Eric Schlosser
Airs: iTunes and Netflix

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Host: Martha Stewart
Producers: Greta Anthony, Kimberly Miller Olko, Martha Stewart, Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner
Airs On: PBS

Television Program, on Location
The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony Bourdain
Producers: Jared Andrukanis, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Chris Collins, Michael Steed, and Lydia Tenaglia
Airs on: PBS

Television Segment
CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Richard B. Wallace
Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence
Wall of Fire: A ChefSteps Story
Director: Sandy Smolan
Photographer and Editor: Reva Keller
Producers: Grant Crilly and Chris Young
Airs on:

Outstanding Personality/Host
Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Airs on: Food Network

2015 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards 
Dining and Travel
The India Issue
The Editors of Saveur

Food and Culture 
“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”
Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine

Food and Health
“Against the Grain”
Michael Specter
The New Yorker

Food-Related Columns
Tamar Haspel
The Washington Post

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication 
The Editors of GQ

Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment
“The Quinoa Quarrel: Who Owns the World’s Greatest Superfood?”
Lisa M. Hamilton
Harper’s with the Food & Environment Reporting Network
Group Food Blog
Grub Street
Home Cooking
“Cabbage Craft”
Kathy Gunst
“Giving & Thanking”
Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors
Bon Appétit

Individual Food Blog
Molly Wizenberg

Personal Essay
“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”
John DeVore

“Élite Meat”
Dana Goodyear
The New Yorker

Visual Storytelling
Gillian Duffy
New York

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“Into the Vines” 
Gabrielle Hamilton

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award 
“Artisanal-Everything Roberta's Defies the Stereotypes,” “Once an Icon, Per Se is Showing its Age,” “Six Reasons Why Cosme is One of NYC's Most Relevant New Restaurants”
Ryan Sutton

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award 
“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”
John DeVore
Publication of the Year