2016 James Beard Award Winners

The 2016 James Beard Awards Gala, hosted by Carla Hall, took place at Lyric Opera of Chicago last night, Monday, May 2. Since 1991, the James Beard Foundation has been recognizing culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields through the James Beard Awards. The ceremony has grown in distinction and notoriety over the years and is often dubbed the “Oscars of Food”. Award winners receive a certificate and an engraved medallion but no cash prizes.
Below are the 2016 winners in each category, from Outstanding Restauranteur and Best Restaurant Design to regional Best Chef awards.
On April 26 the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards, hosted by Ming Tsai, took place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers​ in New York City. Those results are also included below.

A few days before the awards, Eater published an interesting piece with their predictions on who would take home the medal in each category based on historical results of the awards event, plus their thoughts on who actually deserved to win. Turns out they were correct with their predictions and endorsements less than 50% of the time, but it was a fun gamble for them to make.

Being the “Oscars of Food” means there is no lack of glitz, glam and of course amazing afterparties and food to go along with that. Check out #jbfa on Twitter and Instagram to get a glimpse of what went down in Chicago after the awards show last night.
 
 

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

 
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

Carla Hall
Carla Hall, host of the 2016 James Beard Awards

Best Chef: Northeast
Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, NY

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, NY

Alinea
Chef Grant Achatz and the Alinea team accepting the award for Outstanding Restaurant

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, NYC

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, FL

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, NYC

 
 

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

 

75 Seats and Under (TIE)
Firm: Demian Repucci Design
Designer: Demian Repucci
Project: Bruno, NYC

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Designers: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with Cooper Robertson and Bentel & Bentel
Project: Untitled, NYC

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)

Beverage
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)

International
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Zahav
Zahav by Michael Solomonov is the James Beard Awards’ International Book of the Year

Photography
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

 

Documentary
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

Podcast
Gravy
Host: Tina Antolini
Producer: Tina Antolini
Airs on: southernfoodways.org/gravy

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

Special
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: craftsy.com

Video Webcast, on Location
The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma
Producer: Elana Schulman
Airs on: munchies.vice.com

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
Jarry

Food and Health
“The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat”
Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky
Cooking Light

Lucky Peach
Lucky Peach Magazine is the James Beard Awards’ publication of the year & best food blog

Food Blog
Lucky Peach

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza

Food-Related Columns
“Eat”
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

Humor
@Freshcutgardenhose
Maryse Chevriere
Instagram

Personal Essay
“On Chicken Tenders”
Helen Rosner
Guernica

Profile
“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
Eater

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”
Dave Infante
Thrillist

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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