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Chicago well-represented among 2019 James Beard Awards semi-finalists

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The James Beard Awards will continue to call Chicago home for the next 9 years. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

The 2019 James Beard Award semifinalist nominations were announced Wednesday morning and Chicago is well-represented among this year’s competition for the prestigious culinary honor, considered “the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry”:

Outstanding restaurant:
North Pond

Outstanding chef
Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde

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Best Chef Great Lakes Region:
Thai Dang and Danielle Dang, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Jason Hammel, Lula Café
Brian Jupiter, Frontier
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
Ethan Pikas, Cellar Door Provisions
David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske
Iliana Regan, Kitsune
Noah Sandoval, Oriole
Lee Wolen, Boka

Anna and David Posey of Elske attend the 2018 James Beard Awards at the Lyric Opera House, on May 7, 2018 | Ji Suk Yi

Anna and David Posey of Elske attend the 2018 James Beard Awards at the Lyric Opera House, on May 7, 2018. | Ji Suk Yi

Best new restaurant:
Kyoten
Passerotto

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Alisha Elenz, MFK

Outstanding Pastry chef
Meg Glaus, Boka

Outstanding Baker:
Stephanie Hart, Brown Sugar Bakery
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm of the Boka Restaurant Group at the Red Carpet for the 2018 James Beard Awards, May 7, 2018. | Ji Suk Yi

Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm of the Boka Restaurant Group at the Red Carpet for the 2018 James Beard Awards, May 7, 2018. | Ji Suk Yi

Outstanding restaurateur
Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)

Outstanding Bar Program:
Lost Lake

Outstanding wine program:
Income Tax
Spiaggia

Outstanding service
Birrieria Zaragoza
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

In December, it was announced that the awards ceremony will continue to be presented in Chicago through 2027. The news extends the partnership between the City of Chicago and the James Beard Foundation (JBF) past its current agreement end date of 2021. The awards ceremony moved from New York to Chicago in 2015.

Finalists for the prestigious awards will be announced live from Houston on March 27. The 2019 awards ceremony gala will take place on May 6 at the Lyric Opera House of Chicago. For information, visit jamesbeard.org/awards.