Israeli-American Wins 'Best Chef in US' Award

Israeli-American Wins 'Best Chef in US' Award

(All four of these L.A. chefs are fixtures on Jonathan Gold's list of 101 Best Restaurants.) The award went to Corey Lee of Benu in San Francisco. In the "Best Chef Northwest" category, Seattle finalists Edouardo Jordan (Salare and JuneBaby) and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi (Joule, Revel, and Trove and Portland's Revelry) lost to Portland's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox.

Topolobampo was the second restaurant in a row from Chicago to win the top US restaurant award.

Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants - won the outstanding restaurateur award at a ceremony many consider the Oscars of the culinary world. "We're third generation restaurateurs of a 70-year-old restaurant".

For the second year in a row, Chicago swept the Great Lakes chef nominations. He was nominated for the top honor previous year but didn't win.

Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to New Orleans chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise.

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Paul and Joe Bartolotta of Milwaukee-based The Bartolotta Restaurants also were named semifinalists, in the Outstanding Restaurateur category.

Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst was named "Outstanding Baker". The James Beard Foundation announced last October that the awards will remain in Chicago through 2021.

Zachary Engel at Shaya in New Orleans was cited "rising star chef".

Best Chef nominees, according to the James Beard Foundation, must have worked for at least five years as chefs and "have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions".

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