The James Beard Foundation Awards showcase everything great about food in America.
Each year, the foundations recognizes innovative chefs and daring restaurants, as well as the authors, reviewers and other committed foodies who tell wonderful stories and help elevate our collective culinary standards.
The Midwest is well represented in this year’s cadre of award recipients, announced during celebrations May 3 and May 6.
Congratulations to the following Midwest winners:
Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Fear of Frying
Host: Nina Barrett, Evanston, Ill.
Producer: Lynette Kalsnes
Host: Andrew Zimmern, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Show: Bizarre Foods America
Network: Travel Channel
Producers: Colleen Needles Steward and Andrew Zimmern
MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
Mike Sula, Chicago
“Chicken of the Trees”
Best Chef of the Midwest
Kansas City, Mo.
Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment
Tracie McMillan, Detroit native
The American Prospect with the Food & Environment Reporting Network
“As Common As Dirt”
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Girl & the Goat
Outstanding Bar Program
America’s Classics Award
Owner: Orest Kramarczuk