James Beard Foundation Announces 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Nominees in Chicago

March 19, 2014


James BeardThe James Beard Foundation announced its 2014 JBF Award restaurant and chef nominees at The Publican in Chicago. The nominee ceremony was kicked off with a welcome speech by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who proudly stated that in the city of Big Shoulders, “no one stands as tall as our Chicago chefs.” Indeed, Chicago received an impressive 11 nominations for the restaurant and chef awards!

Highlights included Spiaggia earning a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant, while two young Chicago chefs – Jimmy Bannos, Jr. of The Purple Pig and David Posey of Blackbird – earned Rising Star nominations. In the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, Chicagoland chefs received four of the five nomination spots.
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