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CHICAGO – The biggest names in the world of food descended on Chicago for the industry's biggest awards show.

The James Beard Awards were held at the Civic Opera House Monday evening where they revealed the winners.

Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the ceremony. The James Beard Awards were established in 1990 and they recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields.

The theme of Monday night's ceremony was "Powered by Food." Awards in the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant and Design categories were presented along with a number of other special achievement awards. Some local winners include Rick Bayless' Topolobampo for Outstanding Restaurant and Sarah Gruenberg of the Monteverde restaurant for Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region. Results from the event can be found at

Here's the complete list of winners from Monday night's ceremony:

Winner Highlights:
· Best New Restaurant: Le Coucou, NYC
· Outstanding Chef: Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia
· Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC
· Outstanding Restaurant: Topolobampo, Chicago
· Outstanding Restaurateur: Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others), Philadelphia
· Rising Star Chef: Zachary Engel, Shaya, New Orleans

2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards
75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2014)
Firm: AvroKO
Designers: Kristina O’Neal, William Harris, Adam Farmerie, and Greg Bradshaw
Project: SingleThread, Healdsburg, California

76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2014)
Firm: Meyer Davis
Designers: Will Meyer, Gray Davis, and Katie McPherson
Project: St. Cecilia, Atlanta

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Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant

2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant (Presented by True Refrigeration®)
A restaurant opened in the calendar year before the award will be given that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.

  • Le Coucou

Outstanding Baker
A chef or baker who prepares breads, pastries, or desserts in a retail bakery, and who serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a baker or pastry chef for at least five years.

  • Mark Furstenberg
    Bread Furst
    Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bar Program
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence in cocktail, spirits, and/or beer service.

  • Arnaud’s French 75 Bar
    New Orleans

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Must have been working as a chef for the past five years.

  • Michael Solomonov

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads in a restaurant, and who serves as a national standard bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.

  • Ghaya Oliveira

Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard bearer of consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service. Must have been in operation 10 or more consecutive years.

  • Topolobampo

Outstanding Restaurateur
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past five years.

  • Stephen Starr
    Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others)

Outstanding Service
A restaurant in operation five or more years that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service.

  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns
    Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
A restaurant in operation five or more years that serves as a standard bearer for excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine.

  • Canlis

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
A beer, wine, or spirits professional who has made a significant national impact on the restaurant industry.

  • Sam Calagione
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Milton, DE

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

  • Zachary Engel
    New Orleans

Best Chefs
Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Eligible candidates may be from any kind of dining establishment and must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Sarah Grueneberg

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Greg Vernick
Vernick Food & Drink

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Kevin Nashan
Sidney Street Cafe
St. Louis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Marco Canora

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, MH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley
Eventide Oyster Co.
Portland, ME

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton
Portland, OR

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)
Rebecca Wilcomb
New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Steven Satterfield
Miller Union

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Hugo Ortega

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Corey Lee
San Francisco

2017 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees
Roger Berkowitz
President and CEO, Legal Sea Foods

Suzanne Goin
Multiple James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur, A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern
Los Angeles

Evan Kleiman
Culinarian; Host of KCRW’s Good Food
Los Angeles

Michel Nischan
Multiple James Beard Award-Winning Chef; Founder, President, and CEO, Wholesome Wave
Bridgeport, CT

Rajat Parr
Domaine de la Cote
Lompac, CA

2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

    • Bertha's Kitchen
      North Charleston, SC
      Owners: Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney and Sharon Coakley
    • Gioia's Deli
      St. Louis
      Owner: Alex Donley
    • La Taqueria
      San Francisco
      Owner: Miguel Jara
    • Sahadi's
      Brooklyn, NY
      Owners: Christine Sahadi Whelan, and Ron Sahadi
    • Schultz's Crab House
      Essex, MD
      Owners: Chrissy Burkman, Stephanie Kell, Jason McKinney, Michelle McKinney, Robert A. McKinney Jr., and Stephen McKinney

2017 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

  • Denise Cerreta
    One World Everybody Eats
    Salt Lake City

2017 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Nora Pouillon
    Restaurant Nora
    Washington, D.C.
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