Here Are the 2015 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Awards Winners

Photo: James Beard Foundation

The restaurant industry’s biggest prizes were handed out tonight in Chicago, the first time the annual gala has been held in the city. Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony took home this year’s Outstanding Chef award, Blue Hill at Stone Barns was named Outstanding Restaurant, and the Outstanding Restaurateur prize went to Chicago’s own Donnie Madia. Other big winners: Christina Tosi was named Outstanding Pastry Chef, Del Posto’s Mark Ladner was named Best Chef in New York City, Bâtard is this year’s Best New Restaurant, Manresa’s Jessica Largey won this year’s Rising Star of the Year, and barbecue master Aaron Franklin took home the award for Best Chef: Southwest. Check out the full list of winners below — a huge congratulations to everyone. Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York City

Outstanding Baker
Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, New York City

Outstanding Bar Program
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York City

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi, Momofuku, New York City

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York

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

Outstanding Service
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco

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

Rising Star of the Year
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, California

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, Missouri

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

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

Best Chef: New York City
Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Best Chef: South
Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, South Carolina

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 America’s Classics
Archie’s Waeside
Le Mars, Iowa
Owner: Robert Rand 
Beaumont Inn
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Owners: Elizabeth and Dixon Dedman, Helen and Chuck Dedman
Los Angeles
Owners: The Lopez Family
Sally Bell’s Kitchen
Richmond, Virginia
Owners: Martha Crowe Jones and Scott Jones
Sevilla Restaurant
New York City
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, Tennessee
Dale DeGroff
New York City
Wylie Dufresne
Chef and Restaurateur
New York City
Nathalie Dupree
Cookbook Author and Television Personality
Charleston, South Carolina
Maricel Presilla
Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author
Hoboken, New Jersey
2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Michel Nischan
CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave
Westport, Connecticut
2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Melman
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under
Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design
Designers: James Gorski and Tom Nahabedian
Project: Brindille, Chicago

76 Seats and Over
Design Firm: SOMA
Designers: Michel Abboud
Project: Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs, California

2015 James Beard Award Winners