Rick Bayless breaks out dance moves at James Beard Awards after-party

Red Light Ramen, one of Carlisle's two Milwaukee restaurants.

Bread Furst owner Mark Furstenberg was named "outstanding baker" at the James Beard Awards gala in Chicago last night.

Last year, L.A. restaurants fared far better at the awards, with Goin winning Outstanding Chef, Dahlia Narvaez of Mozza winning Outsanding Pastry Chef and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Jon & Vinny's, Animal and Son of a Gun taking home the title of Best Chef West.

It's official: Philadelphia has the best chef in the country.

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




The award, which bears the name of a famous American cookbook author and teacher, is often likened to an Oscar of the food industry.

Overall, it was disappointing that there weren't more Chicago nominees and winners, though Topolobampo won the award for Outstanding Restaurant.

Galatoire's Restaurant, the century-old French Creole landmark, is renowned locally for the role its dining room staff play in the overall experience, and now they in the running for national recognition.

The James Beard Awards have been around since 1990, honoring the nation's top chefs and recognizing culinary excellence. He was nominated for the top honor past year but didn't win. The 67-year-old restaurant was the only Washington victor, rising above Emeril's New Orleans, Fig in Charleston, Benu in San Francisco, and Miller Union in Atlanta.

Among the Restaurant Design Awards, in the category of 75 Seats and Under, Kristina O'Neal, William Harris, Adam Farmerie, and Greg Bradshaw of AvroKO won for their design of Healdsburg's new stunner, SingleThread.

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