Nominees Announced for 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards

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The James Beard Foundation has announced its nominees for the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Nominees in nearly 60 categories were announced in the Foundation’s various awards programs, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, Book, Broadcast & Journalism, and Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America: a select group of renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry.

Homeboy Industries founder, Father Greg Boyle is the 2016 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year
Homeboy Industries founder, Father Greg Boyle named the 2016 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year | Photo courtesy of JBF

The James Beard Awards Gala will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 2, 2016. During the event, which is open to the public, awards in the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards, including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

Read on for Los Angeles restaurants and chefs named to the list of James Beard Awards finalists, shown in bold.

To view the full list of this year’s semifinalists, visit

Outstanding Chef

Suzanne Goin
Suzanne Goin

A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Eligible candidates must have been working as a chef for the past five years.

  • Sean Brock, Husk, Nashville
  • Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles
  • Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
  • Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia
  • Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Rosemary olive oil cakes at Osteria Mozza
Rosemary olive oil cakes | Photo courtesy of Osteria Mozza

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 a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.

  • Meg Galus, Boka, Chicago
  • Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA
  • Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
  • Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
  • Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC
  • Jennifer Yee, Lafayette, NYC


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.

  • Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco
  • Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
  • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
  • Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, CA
  • Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco
  • Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant Design Award: 75 Seats and Under

Interior of Jon & Vinny's
Photo courtesy of Jon & Vinny's

For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since Jan. 1, 2013.

Firm: Demian Repucci Design
Designer: Demian Repucci
Project: Bruno, NYC

Designers: Jeff Guga, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and Helen Johannesen
Project: Jon & Vinny’s, Los Angeles

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Designers: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Collaboration with Cooper Robertson
Project: Untitled, NYC

2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Gjelina cookbook cover
Photo courtesy of Chronicle Books

For books published in English in 2015. Winners will be announced on April 26, 2016.

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California
Travis Lett
(Chronicle Books)

NOPI: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
(Ten Speed Press)

This Is Camino
Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
(Ten Speed Press)

2016 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2015. Winners will be announced on April 26, 2016.

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Garden & Gun
David DiBenedetto and Phillip Rhodes

Brendan Vaughan

Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza

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