2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists Announced

This morning the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists were announced, and Chicago has representatives in every category. Chefs Tony Mantuano and Carrie Nahabedian return as semi-finalists for Outstanding Chef, and this year Rick Bayless' Topolobampo is in the running for Outstanding Restaurant. Also deserving of recognition is Charles Joly as a semi-finalist in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional category for another year. In fact, there are several repeat nominees, and they're indicated below.

The prestigious awards will be announced in Los Angeles on March 15, and the awards ceremony will once again take place in Chicago. On May 1, 2016, the James Beard Awards Gala will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Without further ado, here are Chicago's semi-finalists: 

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

  • Oriole
  • Roister
  • Smyth

OUTSTANDING BAKER

  • Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM

  • Lost Lake repeat

OUTSTANDING CHEF

  • Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia repeat
  • Carrie Nahabedian, Naha repeat

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF

  • Aya Fukai, Maple & Ash
  • Meg Galus, Boka repeat

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT

  • Topolobambo

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR

  • Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, Swift & Sons, and others) repeat

OUTSTANDING SERVICE

  • Boka
  • North Pond repeat

OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM

  • Sepia repeat

OUTSTANDING WINE, SPIRITS, OR BEER PROFESSIONAL

  • Charles Joly, Crafthouse repeat

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR

  • Jenner Tomaska, Next repeat

BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES

  • Jake Bickelhaupt, 42 Grams repeat
  • Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice repeat
  • Paul Fehribach, Big Jones repeat
  • Phillip Foss, EL Ideas repeat
  • Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde
  • Gene Kato, Sumi Robata Bar
  • Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
  • Ryan McCaskey, Acadia repeat
  • Iliana Regan, Elizabeth repeat
  • Noah Sandoval, Oriole
  • Lee Wolen, Boka repeat
  • Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria repeat

Congratulations restaurant professionals, and good luck!

Visit http://www.jamesbeard.org/awards to see the full semi-finalist list.

Photo: James Beard Awards

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