Chicago Represented Well in James Beard Foundation Award Nominees

I’m hoping 13 is my lucky number…


The 2012 James Beard Award nominees were announced yesterday, and while yours truly will be seeking the elusive 13, many of my colleagues and local chefs were also honored to see their hard work recognized.


Here, in no particular order, are the local nominees:




Category: Television Segment
The Hungry Hound
Host: Steve Dolinsky
Network: WLS-TV (ABC 7) Chicago, Online
Producer: Badriyyah Waheed
Category: Food-related Columns

Kevin Pang
Chicago Tribune
Hole in My Heart,” “Supper Club Culture,” “So Sue Me

Category: Health and Well-Being

Janet Rausa Fuller
Chicago Sun-Times
Starting from Scratch

Category: Radio Show/Audio Webcast

Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares
Host: Nina Barrett
Area: WBEZ
Producer: Carrie Shepherd

From Bread Lines to Revolution: The Role of Food in the Arab Uprisings
Host: Jerome McDonnell
Area: WBEZ
Producers: Alexandra Salomon and Joe Linstroth

Category: Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)

Sky Full of Bacon
Host: Michael Gebert
Producer: Michael Geber

Category: Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Michael Carlson
1466 N. Ashland Ave., (773) 252-1466


Stephanie Izard
Girl & the Goat
809 W. Randolph St., (312) 492-6262


Bruce Sherman
North Pond
2610 N. Cannon Dr., (773) 477-5845


Andrew Zimmerman
123 N. Jefferson St., (312) 441-1920



Category: Best New Restaurant

Next, 953 W. Fulton Market, (312) 226-0858



Category: Outstanding Bar Program

The Aviary

955 W. Fulton Market, (312) 226-0868 ‎


The Violet Hour
1520 N. Damen Ave., (773) 252-1500



Category: Outstanding Service


980 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 280-2750

445 N. Clark St., (312) 661-0381



Category: Outstanding Pastry Chef

Mindy Segal

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
1747 N. Damen Ave., (773) 489-1747



Category: Rising Star Chef of the Year

Dave Beran
953 W. Fulton Market, (312) 226-0858



Category: Outstanding Chef

Paul Kahan

19 W. Randolph St., (312) 715-0708



2012 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees:

Grant Achatz
Chef at Alinea
1723 N. Halsted St., (312) 867-0110



2012 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year:

Charlie Trotter
Chef and Restaurateur at Charlie Trotter’s
816 W. Armitage Ave., (773) 248-6228

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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