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05/02/2017 08:30 am ET

2017 Best Chef And Restaurant James Beard Award Winners

Bet you can't say the name of the big winner five times fast.

The wait is over. The James Beard Awards of 2017 are over. Last week, the recipients of the media awards were announced. And last night, in Chicago, the winners of the best chef and restaurant categories were awarded.

It’s a lovely list, with New York City taking the best new restaurant spot for Le CouCou and the honor of outstanding chef going to Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia.

But the biggest award of the night was unexpected, with Outstanding Restaurant going to Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo in Chicago.

Check out the complete list to find out which restaurants will be impossible to get into for the next year or so.

2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Winners

Best New Restaurant: Le Coucou, NYC

Outstanding Baker: Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bar Program: Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Outstanding Chef: Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant: Topolobampo, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur: Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others)

Outstanding Service: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Wine Program: Canlis, Seattle

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Zachary Engel, Shaya, New Orleans

Outstanding Restaurant Design, 75 Seats and Under: Avroko for Single Thread, Healdsburg, CA

Outstanding Restaurant Design, More Than 75 Seats: Meyer Davis for St. Cecilia, Atlanta

BEST CHEFS, REGIONAL CATEGORIES

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

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

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

Best Chef: New York City: Marco Canora, Hearth

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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