2016 Chefs & Champagne Honoree John Besh
Alex Bois (Photo: Neal Santos)
Chad Brauze
Christopher Cipolline
Jay Ducote
Aaron Fitterman
Tom Fraker
Will Horowitz
Paul Kahan
Matthew Kenney (Photo: Adrian Mueller)
Samantha Kincaid
Anthony Lamas (Photo: Ash Newell)
Alina Martell
Dean James Max
John Nodler (Photo: Neal Santos)
Damien O'Donnell
Kerry Heffernan
Roxanne Spruance (Photo: Michael Altobello)
Guy Reuge (Photo: Troy Hallahan)
Marco Moreira
Julian Medina
Lucero Martinez (Photo: Natalia Rodriguez)
Michael Jenkins
Eric Gabrynowicz
Pichet Ong (Photo: Alan Battman)
Jonah Miller (Photo: Liz Barclay)
Cédric Vongerichten (Photo: Francesco Tonelli)
Jeremy Ford
Special Event

Chefs & Champagne®



Don't miss the party of the summer!

Chefs & Champagne® is the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party, featuring flowing Champagne and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 40 celebrated chefs, many from JBF Award–winning restaurants. Chefs & Champagne® raises funds for the philanthropic work of the James Beard Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The recipeient of the Christian Wölffer Scholarship Program, which supports students pursuing food and wine studies, will also be announced at the event. 

Our 2016 honoree is multiple James Beard Award–winning chef, author, philanthropist, and restaurateur John Besh.

Stay tuned for more updates about Chefs & Champagne®!


Stay tuned for this year's menu, courtesy of our fantastic chef lineup:


Chad Brauze 
The Back Room, Park Hyatt, NYC

Erik Bruner-Yang
Maketto, Washington D.C.

Andrea Bucciarelli
Sant Ambroeus, Southampton and NYC​

Brian Cheewing
Wölffer Kitchen, Sag Harbor, NY

Christopher Cipollone
Piora, NYC 

JBF Award Winner Tim Cushman
​O Ya, Boston and NYC

Jay Ducote
Gov't Taco, Baton Rouge, LA

Aaron Fitterman
Aretsky’s Patroon, NYC

Jeremy Ford 
Matador Room, Miami Beach, FL

Tom Fraker
Melissa's​ Produce

Eric Gabrynowicz 
Restaurant North, Armonk, NY

Kerry Heffernan
Grand Banks, NYC

Will Horowitz
Ducks Eatery and Harry & Ida's, NYC​

Michael Jenkins 
Butter Restaurant, NYC ​

JBF Award Winner Paul Kahan 
One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago

Matthew Kenney 
00+Co, NYC; and Plant Food + Wine, Miami and Venice, CA

Paul Kim and Kendrick Lo
Ice & Vice, NYC

Anthony Lamas 
Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, Louisville, KY

Karl Ljung 
Hillenberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Anita Lo
Annisa, NYC

Angie Mar
Beatrice Inn, NYC

Pastry Chef Alina Martell 
Ai Fiori and VaucluseNYC

Lucero Martinez 

Dean James Max 
DJM Restaurants, Multiple Cities, USA; Cayman Islands, BWI; and Harbor Island, Bahamas

Jenny McCoy
Institute of Culinary Education, NYC

Julian Medina 

Jonah Miller

Marco Moreira and Sushi Chef Noriyuki Takahashi
15 East, NYC​

Jon Nodler, Baker Alex Bois, and Pastry Chef Sam Kincaid
High Street on Hudson, NYC

Damien O’Donnell 
Harbor Bistro, East Hampton, NY

Pichet Ong

Ralph Perrazzo 
BBD's Beers, Burgers, Desserts, Rocky Point, NY

Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot
Narcissa, NYC​

Guy Reuge 
Mirabelle, Stony Brook, NY; and Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Roxanne Spruance 
Kingsley, NYC

Cédric Vongerichten
Perry St, NYC​

JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef Sherry Yard
iPic Entertainment

Marco Zapien 
Melissa's and Salsa Grill, Pico Rivera, CA


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SUPPORTERS: Chefwear; Sag Harbor Florist

List as of May 5, 2016.


For sponsorship opportunities: please contact Julie Marshall, director of events and marketing, at jmarshall@jamesbeard.org or 212.633.9145.
For silent auction donations: please contact Sarah Drew, awards and events associate, at sdrew@jamesbeard.org or 212.627.1111 x564.