Bread Furst Baker Mark Furstenburg Wins a James Beard Award

Kevin Nashan Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest

Kevin Nashan Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest

A handful of local chefs and restaurateurs received a coveted James Beard Award at a ceremony Monday night in Chicago. Zahav features modern Israeli cuisine.

He moved from Israel to Pittsburgh as a child, but returned as a teenager for a short time.

"I'm incredibly lucky that my work is my life's work", he said Monday night.

Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to New Orleans chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise.

For a complete list of winners, head over to the James Beard Foundation website. "Us commoners we're just trying to keep up".

Presenters included Hollywood names such as actresses Sophia Bush and Valerie Bertinelli, actor David Burtka and former boxer Laila Ali.

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Overall, it was disappointing that there weren't more Chicago nominees and winners, though Topolobampo won the award for Outstanding Restaurant.

This year's best new restaurant honor went to Le Coucou in NY, one of Starr's restaurants. Alinea, known for its elaborate, avant-garde cuisine, won past year.

Two Washington, D.C., chefs are the newest honorees of prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.

Past winners in the Outstanding Baker category include Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston and Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery in NY. Zahav's pastry chef, Camille Cogswell, lost to Zachary Engel of Shaya in New Orleans for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award.

The Freret Street lounge Cure, the city's pacesetter for modern cocktail culture, and Arnaud's French 75, the bar at the historic Arnaud's Restaurant and a destination for classic cocktail culture, each made it to the finalist round for Outstanding Bar Program.

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