The development sparked a number of articles about how refreshing it was to see these people recognized and drove the James Beard Foundation to announce sweeping changes to guarantee diversity in future awards ceremonies.
An Arizona chef has just won one of the top awards in the food industry, a recognition that Time Magazine (and other writers since) have referred to as the "Oscars of the food world". On an emotional note, Katz added: "At the beginning of Boka, Kevin Boehm and I built the architecture of this company on the back of cocktail napkins". Edouardo Jordan, the Florida-born chef behind Seattle restaurants Salare and Junebaby, was in the middle of a meteoric rise, taking home both the Best Chef: Northwest award and Best New Restaurant for Junebaby.
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The announcement came Monday night during the James Beard Foundation's annual gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. "Listen, I'm out in two weeks, they can throw me out now". The awards honor those who follow in the footsteps of Beard, considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985.
This year's best new restaurant was Frenchette in NY, and the lifetime achievement award went to Patrick O'Connell, who owns The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. "I know you have a pile of laundry at home to do".
The victor of this year's best new restaurant was Frenchette in NY and the outstanding baker was Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread in Chicago.