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42 Grams, Parachute, Boka Group, Carrie Nahabedian Among James Beard Awards Semifinalists

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Check out the full list of Chicagoans.

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the restaurant and chef awards, and Chicago is represented in a variety of categories.

Nomination highlights include Parachute and 42 Grams for Best New Restaurant, Carrie Nahabedian for Outstanding Chef, Spiaggia for Outstanding Restaurant, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz (Boka Restaurant Group) and Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality) for Outstanding Restaurateur, and Charles Joly for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. 10 local chefs are nominated for the Best Chef: Great Lakes award.

Read the full local list below and head over to Eater National for the entire list of nominees from around the country. The Foundation will announce the finalists on March 24 and the winners will be announced and celebrated at the awards gala on May 4, taking place right here in Chicago.

Best New Restaurant

42 Grams


Outstanding Baker

Judy Contino, Bittersweet Pastry

Dave and Megan Miller, Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse

Outstanding Bar Program

The Violet Hour

Outstanding Chef

Carrie Nahabedian, Naha

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Dana Cree, Blackbird

Amanda Rockman, Nico Osteria

Outstanding Restaurant


Outstanding Restaurateur

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group

Outstanding Service

North Pond


Outstanding Wine Program


Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Charles Joly, Crafthouse

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Tanya Baker, Boarding House

Christopher Teixeira, Homestead on the Roof

Best Chef: Great Lakes

Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice

Curtis Duffy, Grace

Paul Fehribach, Big Jones

Phillip Foss, EL Ideas

Brian Huston, Boltwood

Thomas Lents, Sixteen

Ryan McCaskey, Acadia

Paul Virant, Vie

Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

Fat Rice

2957 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9170 Visit Website


500 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 321-6242 Visit Website


804 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 859-2880 Visit Website

Big Jones

5347 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 275-5725 Visit Website

Baker Miller

4655 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 654-3610 Visit Website

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website

Nico Osteria

1015 North Rush Street, , IL 60611 (312) 994-7100 Visit Website


614 North 2nd Street, , PA 19123 (267) 324-5224 Visit Website


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website


652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (817) 877-3388


123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website


1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website

Homestead On The Roof

1924 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 332-2354 Visit Website


445 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 661-1434 Visit Website


980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website

North Pond

2610 North Cannon Drive, , IL 60614 (773) 477-5845 Visit Website

The Violet Hour

1520 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 252-1500 Visit Website