It was a big night for the Chicago food and drink scene as three locals won James Beard Awards last night. Paul Kahan (in a tie with David Chang of Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC) took home the coveted Outstanding Chef award for Blackbird. Stephanie Izard was a winner for Best Chef Great Lakes, which was prematurely announced when a graphic popped up during the livestream before it was officially announced at the podium. The Aviary was recognized as the country's Outstanding Bar Program.
Grace, Donnie Madia, Topolobampo, and Spiaggia were among the Chicago standouts that weren't winners. But all in all it was an outstanding night for locals. Head over to Eater National for the full list of restaurant and chef winners and congratulations to all who were honored.
· All James Beard Awards Coverage [~ECHI~]