The James Beard Awards take place in New York in just a few hours and the event will be a who's who of the culinary world. The awards, often called the Oscars of the culinary world, recognize the best of the best. Our friends at Eater NY are running some polls, including Best New Restaurant where Next is nominated and Outstanding Chef with Paul Kahan. We thought we'd bring it even closer to home.
Four of the five chefs in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category hail from Chicago so we're going to focus our poll on them (because really, does anyone want a chef from Dayton, Ohio to win?). Go vote for who you think will take it: Michael Carlson (Schwa), Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Bruce Sherman (North Pond) or Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia). In case you were wondering, the fifth is Anne Kearney (Rue Dumaine). OK fine, we'll include her in the poll, too.