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JWU Alumni Garner 2017 James Beard Award Nominations

Chef David Kinch of Manresa preps with JWU students

2/15/17 | The James Beard Foundation has released its much-anticipated list of 2017 James Beard Award semifinalists (chef categories) — and JWU alumni are well-represented.

Every year, the list celebrates the best and brightest restaurants, chefs and front-of-house teams the American culinary scene has to offer.

Mark Ladner '90, '15 Hon. and David Kinch '81, '14 Hon., both of whom have been awarded honorary doctorates by JWU, were nominated in the Outstanding Chef category.

Denver alum Brad Kilgore '06 of Alter and Brava received a nod for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

Nicks on Broadway’s Derek Wagner is a second-time semifinalist for Best Chef Northeast (he had previously garnered a nomination in the Rising Star category).

The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominations for Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, will be announced on Tuesday, March 15.

The 2017 Awards Gala will be held at Chicago’s Lyric Opera on Monday, May 1.

2017 Semifinalist Nominees

Outstanding Chef
David Kinch '81, '14 Hon., Manresa FINALIST
Mark Ladner '90, '15 Hon., Del Posto

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kelly Fields '02, Willa Jean, New Orleans FINALIST

Outstanding Bar Program
The Baldwin Bar, Massachusetts (Ran Duan '09)

Outstanding Restaurant
Frasca Food & Wine, Denver (Ian Wortham '12) FINALIST

Outstanding Wine Program
Emeril’s New Orleans (Emeril Lagasse '78, '90 Hon.) FINALIST
Fig (Adam Nemirow '00 MBA) FINALIST

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Bradley Kilgore '06, Alter
Jenner Tomaska '10, Next FINALIST

Best Chef: Northeast
Cassie Piuma '02, Sarma FINALIST
Ben Sukle '08, Birch FINALIST
Derek Wagner '99, Nicks on Broadway

Best Chef: South
Vishwesh Bhatt '99, Snackbar FINALIST

Best Chef: Southeast
Joe Kindred '02, Kindred
Kevin Johnson '96, The Grocery
Erik Niel '00, Easy Bistro
Andrew Ticer '04 and Michael Hudman '04, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen FINALIST

Outstanding Personality/Host
Emeril Lagasse '78, '90 Hon.
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Airs on: Amazon Prime Video

Television Program, on Location
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Host: Emeril Lagasse Producers: Mike Duffy, Tim Duffy, Emeril Lagasse, and Bill Pruitt
Airs on: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

2017 Who’s Who
Roger Berkowitz '01 Hon.
President + CEO, Legal Sea Foods


Warm oysters with apple and caviar

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