Best Chef South: Chris Hastings



Chris Hastings

Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
Chris is only the second chef from Birmingham to take home a JBF Award. Chris was 12 when his mother first introduced him to James Beard’s American Cookery, and the rest is history. 

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Humanitarian of the Year: Charlie Trotter

Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Charlie Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education for students in the Chicago area. Watch a short video about his philanthropy below.


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Best Chef Northeast: Tim Cushman


Tim Cushman
O Ya, Boston
This is Tim’s second nomination and his first win. If Tim could have a meal with anyone, it would be Jimi Hendrix and a guitar jam would be on the menu.

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What Would You Cook for James Beard? Part II


We asked our gala reception chefs what they would cook for James Beard. Here are some more of their responses:
JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti, Farallon and Waterbar, San Francisco
“For dessert I’d make something with his caramel sauce recipe. I have been making it for two decades. It’s my favorite.”
JBF Award Winner Nancy Oakes, Boulevard Restaurant, San Francisco
“I would keep it simple and delicious so we could visit and talk. I’d start with little tomatoes stuffed with very good anchovies and olives, or maybe pork rillettes with croutons, or baked potato skins with caviar. then I’d serve a wilted spinach salad—I love his dressing with fresh water chestnuts, and I would add plenty of good bacon as well—followed by a local San Francisco dish of Dungeness crab cioppino.”
JBF Award Winner, Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Pl

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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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