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James L. Beard Nominees Announced

By Laura Oppenheimer in Food on Mar 20, 2007 5:30PM

The James L. Beard Award nominees were announced yesterday and as in years past, Chicago represented.

2007_3_beard.gifAnd the Chicago-based nominees are:

  • Outstanding Restaurateur: Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Outstanding Chef: Jean Joho, Everest and Paul Kahan, Blackbird
  • Outstanding Restaurant: Frontera Grill and Spiaggia
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Graham Elliot Bowles, Avenues
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef: Mindy Segal, HotChocolate
  • Outstanding Service: Tru
  • Outstanding Wine Service: Bin 36, Wine Director Brian Duncan
  • Best Chef, Great Lakes Region: Grant Achatz, Alinea; Carrie Nahabedian, Naha; and Bruce Sherman, North Pond.

Hungry Mag has a list of all the Chicago-based nominees (including the food media nominations) and links to podcasts with many of the chefs. Shockingly, NBC 5's "Good Eats" segment didn't receive a nomination.

Congratulations to all those nominated!

Image via James Beard Foundation.