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Chicago's Topolobampo & Monteverde Scored 2 James Beard Awards This Year

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 2, 2017 3:00PM

A dish at Topolobampo. Photo via Facebook.

Last night's star-studded James Beard Award gala, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (wearing a multitude of amusing outfits), was a celebration of all things food, from small local restaurants to celebrity food superstars. How did Chicago do?

As a reminder, Chicago wasn't exactly up for much this year, since most of our nominees didn't make it out of the semifinals. But we did take home two pretty great awards. Sarah Greueneberg won Best Chef: Great Lakes for her work at Monteverde, and Topolobampo won Outstanding Restaurant, a big win for Chef Rick Bayless.

You can watch the complete awards ceremony below, but as always, the real highlights for me were the mini-documentaries created to showcase some of the best classic restaurants in America. This year's "American Classics" awards included:

•Bertha's Kitchen in North Charleston, SC

•Giola's Deli in St. Louis

•La Taqueria in San Francisco

•Sahadi's in Brooklyn

•Schultz's Crab House in Essex, MD

If you want to watch the entire ceremony, check it out: