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Here Are Chicago’s James Beard-Nominated Restaurants

The restaurant portion of the food world’s Oscars will take place in Chicago–these are your hometown favorites.

Fried sesame leaves at Parachute, a nominee for Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards.   Photo: Anna Knott

On May 4, the James Beard Foundation Awards will come to Chicago (they’re the so-called Oscars of the food world, a phrase that will be burned in your brain by the time the media blitz for the ceremony is over), and more than a few local faces are up for consideration in the restaurant awards.

Most of these are repeat nominees, save for the design award, Best New Restaurant, and Rising Star Chef of the Year. There is, however, a notable absence in this year’s list: Perennial Outstanding Restaurant nominee Spiaggia has fallen out of contention.

Here are the hometown favorites up for awards:

Restaurant Design, 75 Seats and Under
Bureau of Architecture and Design, Brindille

Best New Restaurant
Parachute

Outstanding Bar Program
The Violet Hour

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dana Cree, Blackbird

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, etc.)

Outstanding Service
Topolobampo

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Tanya Baker, Boarding House

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace
Paul Virant, Vie
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

Read the full nominee list here.

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