Women Win Big at the 2014 James Beard Awards

Of course April Bloomfield celebrates with Questlove.
Of course April Bloomfield celebrates with Questlove. Photo: Kent Miller

The topic of female chefs has been big in the food world lately (rightfully so), and the James Beard Foundation voters kept the theme going at last night’s annual awards ceremony. Women took home most of the major prizes, including outstanding restaurateur (Barbara Lynch, of Boston), outstanding chef (Nancy Silverton, from Los Angeles), and best chef in New York (April Bloomfield).

Other big prizes went to the Slanted Door in San Francisco, which won outstanding restaurant, and Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, which took home the prize for best new restaurant, a category that had been stacked with New York restaurants (Betony, Estela, and Carbone were all in the mix). The outstanding pastry chef award went to Monsieur Cronut, Dominique Ansel, who has perhaps had the most outstanding year of any pastry chef in the history of mankind.

Plenty of other people won, too — congrats to everyone — so check out the full list:

• Best Chefs in America

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Dave Beran
Next, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Vikram Sunderam
Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Justin Aprahamian
Sanford, Milwaukee

Best Chef: New York City
April Bloomfield
The Spotted Pig

Best Chef: Northeast
Jamie Bissonnette
Coppa, Boston

Best Chef: Northwest
Naomi Pomeroy
Beast, Portland, OR

Best Chef: South
Ryan Prewitt
Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Sue Zemanick
Gautreau’s, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Ashley Christensen
Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, NC

Best Chef: Southwest
Chris Shepherd
Underbelly, Houston

Best Chef: West
Daniel Patterson
Coi, San Francisco

Best New Restaurant
Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Garrett Oliver
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Wine Program
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Outstanding Bar Program
The Bar at the NoMad Hotel, NYC

Outstanding Service
The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dominique Ansel
Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC

Outstanding Restaurateur
Barbara Lynch
Barbara Lynch Gruppo
(No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G; Oysters, and others)

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jimmy Bannos Jr.
The Purple Pig, Chicago

Blaine Wetzel
The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Outstanding Restaurant
The Slanted Door
San Francisco

Outstanding Chef
Nancy Silverton
Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

2014 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans
Owner: Ashley Hansen

Nick’s Italian Café, McMinnville, OR
Owners: Nick Peirano, Carmen Peirano, and Eric Ferguson

Olneyville New York System, Providence, RI
Owners: Stephanie Stevens Turini and Greg Stevens

Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX
Owners: Lisa and Tom Perini

Sokolowski’s University Inn, Cleveland
Owners: Bernard Sokolowski, Mary Balbier, and Michael

2014 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America
Edward Behr
Food Writer
St. Johnsbury, VT

John Besh
Chef and Restaurateur
New Orleans

David Chang
Chef and Restaurateur

Barry Estabrook
Vergennes, VT

Paul Kahan
Chef and Restaurateur

Sherry Yard
Pastry Chef and Author
Los Angeles

2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Matt Haley
Philanthropist and Restaurateur
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Sirio Maccioni
Le Cirque

The 2014 JBF Awards [Official site]

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Women Win Big at the 2014 James Beard Awards