Many Chicago Restaurants Could Soon Be Swimming in Accolades

No, not literally.

Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Foundation Awards are presented annually to chefs & restaurants across the nation for distinction in their field. This year, Chicago is home to 27 James Beard nominees across 12 different categories.

Among the standout nominees is Alinea, which is really no surprise given their track record for success. Lost Lake, Imbibe magazine’s Cocktail Bar of the Year is up for another award as well. You’ve probably heard of a few of the others as well: Spiaggia, Next Restaurant, Boka, 42 grams, Grace, Acadia, and Sepia. Chicago isn’t messing around this year.


Here are this year’s nominees from the Windy City (via Eater Chicago).

Outstanding Restaurant:

  • Alinea

Outstanding Chef:

  • Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia
  • Carrie Nahabedian, Naha

Best New Restaurant:


Rising Star Chef of the Year:

Outstanding Restaurateur:

  • Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group

Outstanding Bar Program:

  • Lost Lake

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

  • Meg Galus, Boka

Outstanding Wine Program:

  • Sepia

Outstanding Service:


Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional:

Outstanding Baker:


Best Chef: Great Lakes:

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