Best Chef Pacific: Matt Molina

 

 
Matt Molina
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
 
This is Matt’s first Beard Award. After graduating from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Matt began his career at Campanile under the tutelage of JBF Award winner Nancy Silverton. 

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Best Chef Northwest: Matt Dillon

 

 

Matt Dillon
Sitka & Spruce, Seattle
 
This is Matt’s first Beard Award. Twenty-five years from now, he hopes to spend his time hunting, shrimping, cooking, and perhaps starting a second career in social justice or ski patrol. 

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America's Classics: Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna, AR

Tonight's third America's Classic award recipient is Jones Bar-B-Q Diner of Marianna, Arkansas:

 

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Award Winner Recap

 

The medallions keep coming! Here are some more Award winners:

 

Best Chef: Great Lakes: Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
Best Chef: Midwest Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI
Best Chef: NYC: Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
America’s Classics: Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, Wilson, WY

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Best Chef New York City: Michael Anthony

 

 
The award for Best Chef: New York City goes to:
 
Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern
 
Michael is the second chef to win this award for Gramercy Tavern (the first was Tom Colicchio in 2000). He has been executive chef since 2006, but when he isn’t in the kitchen, you’ll find him on the golf course.

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Best Chef Midwest: Tory Miller

 

 
Tory Miller
L’Etoile, Madison, WI
 
This is the second time a chef from L’Etoile has taken home this award. Chef Tory is steadfast in his devotion to local produce and Wisconsin farmers. 

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Best Chef Mid-Atlantic: Maricel Presilla

 

 
The award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic goes to:
 
Maricel Presilla
Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
 
Maricel is the third woman to win the award for this region (the first two were Susanna Foo in 1997, and Ann Cashion in 2004). When she isn’t in the kitchen, Dr. Presilla is also a professor of medieval Spanish history.

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America's Classics: Nora's Fish Creek Inn, Wilson, WY

It's time to meet our second 2012 America's Classic: Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyoming!

 

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Best Chef Great Lakes: Bruce Sherman

 

 
 
Bruce Sherman
North Pond, Chicago
 
This is Bruce Sherman’s fifth nomination and first win. A Chicago native, Bruce credits his travels to Paris, Southeast Asia, and London with influencing his seasonal cuisine.

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Outstanding Wine Program: No. 9 Park

 

 
 
No. 9 Park
Boston
 
No. 9 Park is the first restaurant from Boston to take home this award. Wine Director Cat Silirie oversees the wine program. 

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