Ten Chicago restaurants and industry professionals were announced this morning as James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award nominees. While Chicago was not represented in the Outstanding Chef or Outstanding Restaurant categories, it swept the Best Chef: Great Lakes division, with a shortlist that includes Lee Wolen of Boka, who takes one of four nominations for the Boka Restaurant Group.
The list features four women, including Sarah Rinkavage of Marisol for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Also noted is Sun Wah BBQ, which was designated by James Beard Foundation as one of America’s Classics.
Here are the finalists:
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Meg Galus, Boka
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, Girl & the Goat, and others)
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Sarah Rinkavage, Marisol