James Beard Award Nominations

Perhaps you’ve heard.  The nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards were just announced.  These are the culinary equivalent of the Academy Awards.

It’s wonderful that Chicago was so well represented!  I’m particularly thrilled that  Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating was nominated for best newspaper food section.  I’ve been fortunate to write for the Good Eating section for the last five years, so I was quite proud (even though I’m just a freelancer!)

Reporter Monica Eng was nominated for two newspaper feature awards, including one with Tribune food critic Phil Vettel. I was also happy that Steve Dolinksy from WLS-TV (ABC-7) was nominated for his food series The Hungry Hound .  Steve is a 12-time James Beard winner.


Many Chicago chefs received a nomination — Paul Kahan of Blackbird, Koren Grieveson of Avec, Arun Sampanthavivat of Arun’s, Bruce Sherman of North Pond, Mindy Segal of  Hot Chocolate, Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You, and Laurent Gras of L20. Even the nominations ceremony was held in Chicago at Frontera Grill! 

food-you-craveBesides the celebration for Chicago, I was so happy for a fellow dietitian Ellie Krieger. She was nominated for her fabulous book The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for A Healthy Life.  Congratulations Ellie!

I’ll be rooting for you and the entire Chicago gang on May 4 when the winners will be announced. Good luck to all.

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