No city in the world understands the gravity of getting a major award from your peers better than we do. As Oscar’s hometown, we get it.
Being honored with the right award from the right group of your peers can make or transform an entire career. Even being nominated can change one’s life trajectory. Whether its an Academy Award nomination for an actor or a James Beard nomination for a chef, the outcome is the same, the recipient is on a potential fast-track to stardom.
Like the Academy Awards, the James Beard awards are considered the most prestigious in North America because the nominees and winners are chosen by other culinary professionals, people who understand the level of dedication it requires to succeed in this industry. The James Beard Foundation has also distinguished itself by consistently finding and awarding new talent, which means that the list of Beard nominees each year is also a roadmap to the best places to eat as well as a guide to the most exciting chefs to follow.
“….and the nominees are…..”
Best New Restaurant - Kismet, Los Angeles
Best Restaurant - Felix Trattoria, Venice
Chef Evan Funke offers a lot of familiar foods but with his own personal touch! At Felix Trattoria you can expect delicious Italian food that is on another level; great wine program too!
Felix Trattoria @felixlosangeles
Outstanding Pastry Chef - Margarita Manzke Of République, Los Angeles
This beloved French spot is a huge hit with Angelenos for weekend brunch. With the amazing pastries created by Margarita Manzke, République is the perfect way to start your morning any day of the week.
République - @republiquela
Outstanding Restaurateur - Caroline Styne Of The Lucques Group
The Lucques Group (Lucques; a.o.c.; Tavern and others), Los Angeles
The Lucques Group is responsible for some of LA's best and most favorite restaurants. Caroline Styne has a magic touch and it's no surprise to us that standouts such as Tavern and a.o.c. are under her leadership.
Lucques - @lucquesla
Larder Baking Company - @larderbakingco
Outstanding Wine Program - a.o.c., Los Angeles
a.o.c. is the real deal. From start to finish you are treated to something special. a.o.c. is a pioneering wine bar that first paired an indulgent list of wine by the glass with a menu of market-driven small plates. This spot that has become a bit of an institution with Angeleno wine connoisseurs.
a.o.c. - @aocla
Rising Star Chef of the Year - Miles Thompson Of Michael’s, Santa Monica
Lauded by many for breathing new life into one of the regions best New American bistros, it is no surprise that Miles Thompson is a finalist for the incredibly prestigious Rising Star Award, and damn do we hope that he gets it!
Chef Miles Thompson - @milescooks
Best Chef in Western Region - Michael Cimarusti Of Providence, Los Angeles
Best Chef in Western Region - Jeremy Fox Of Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica
Best Chef in Western Region - Jessica Koslow Of Sqirl, Los Angeles
Best Chef in Western Region - Travis Lett Of Gjelina, Venice
There you have it, the complete list of this year's James Beard Foundation award finalists for the Los Angeles area. We recommend calling now to book your table, once the world knows how awesome our rock star chefs are it's going to be tough to get a seat. Happy eating, LA!
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