The James Beard Award nominations were announced Wednesday and provided a much-needed dose of good news for Chicago chefs and restaurants, who were announced as finalists in several high-profile categories.
The awards will be presented on June 13 at a ceremony to be held at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.
Here are the Chicago nominees:
— Jason Vincent of Giant was named Outstanding Chef Finalist. The restaurant spread the word on social media: “Two years ago today, the restaurant world as we know it changed forever. Today we celebrate not only that JV (Jason Vincent) made the shortlist for the Outstanding Chef Award, but that our restaurants are still standing. (Thank you) to all, both staff and guests, who have supported us over the past five years and thank you to JBF (James Beard Foundation) for honoring the passion that JV brings to the table every day.
Recognizing the struggle most restaurants have faced during the pandemic, Team Giant has added a call for support: Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
— Parachute, directed by Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant.
– Kasama, in the village in eastern Ukraine, won the best new restaurant. Chefs Genie Kwon and Timothy Flores form the duo behind the bakery and modern Filipino restaurant.
— Maya-Camille Broussard, who is gaining fans on Netflix’s “Bake Squad,” has been nominated for Outstanding Baker for Justice of the Pies.
— Nobody’s Darling is nominated for an exceptional bar program. Angela Barnes and Renauda Riddle opened the Andersonville bar in 2021.
As usual, the people of Chicago dominated the Best Chef Great Lakes category, taking four of the five spots:
— Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe: “There are a lot of beautiful people on this list,” Lula Cafe posted on social media. “We are grateful to the community and for all of your hard work, imagination, determination and magic.”
— Noah Sandoval, Oriole.
—John Shields and Karen Urie Shields, Smyth.
—Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar.
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