DC chef takes home James Beard Award

09 May, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Rita Burton
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Though Cogswell had been nominated for the Rising Star Chef award in 2017, this is her first time winning. Bay Area restaurants nominated for James Beard AwardsThe James Beard Foundation awards were handed out Monday night in Chicago and recognize the best in food, drink, wine, restaurant design, and food media in the United States.

It was a win-win situation last night at the 2018 James Beard Awards.

Nina Compton was named Best Chef: South. The duo recently partnered with Compere Lapin sous chef Levi Raines to open Bywater American Bistro earlier this year.

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Freret Street cocktail lounge Cure won Outstanding Bar Program, which a year ago went to Arnaud's French 75. FIG's latest medal joins their stack of others including chef and co-owner Mike Lata's 2009 Best Chef: Southeast award and FIG Executive Chef Jason Stanhope's Best Chef: Southeast 2005. She became a household name when she reached the finals of Bravo TV's "Top Chef" in Season 11, while she led the kitchen at Scott Conant's Scarpetta.

In total, nine local nominees were named finalists for the prestigious awards. Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group in Los Angeles won the outstanding restaurateur honor. Zahav's Michael Solomonv won last year's Beard Award for outstanding chef. The foundation's list of Who's Who in Food & Beverage in America inducted Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin, of Commander's Palace.

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