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Stephen Starr was named Outstanding Restaurateur.

Philadelphia Rules the 2017 James Beard Awards

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The City of Brotherly Love came away with some well-deserved hardware.
By Danny Klein May 2017 Events

Monday night’s James Beard Awards at the Lyric Opera of Chicago turned out to be a coronation for the city of Philadelphia.

After four previous finalist finishes, Stephen Starr took home the Outstanding Restaurateur award. Zahav’s Michael Solomonov was named Outstanding Chef and Greg Vernick, of Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia, took home Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic honors on his third try. Solomonov, who won the Mid-Atlantic award in 2011, was the city’s most recent victor.

Read more: How Stephen Starr keeps growing his restaurant empire.

Starr’s New York restaurant Le Coucou, a partnership with Chef Daniel Rose, earned Best New Restaurant.

Sam Calagione, the luminary behind Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery, added to the Mid-Atlantic haul with a win for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional, an honor he came up short on six other times.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best New Restaurant (Presented by True Refrigeration)

Le Coucou

NYC

Outstanding Baker

Mark Furstenberg

Bread Furst

Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bar Program

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

New Orleans

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)

Michael Solomonov

Zahav

Philadelphia

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)

Ghaya Oliveira

Daniel

NYC

Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

Topolobampo

Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur

Stephen Starr

Starr Restaurants (Le Coucou, Serpico, Upland, and others)

Philadelphia

Outstanding Service

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)

Canlis

Seattle

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Sam Calagione

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton, DE

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

Zachary Engel

Shaya

New Orleans

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Sarah Grueneberg

Monteverde

Chicago

Read more: Sarah Grueneberg was an FSR Rising Star in 2016.

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Greg Vernick

Vernick Food & Drink

Philadelphia

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Kevin Nashan

Sidney Street Cafe

St. Louis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Marco Canora

Hearth

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley

Eventide Oyster Co.

Portland, ME

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton

Ox

Portland, OR

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)

Rebecca Wilcomb

Herbsaint

New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Steven Satterfield

Miller Union

Atlanta

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Hugo Ortega

Hugo’s

Houston

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Corey Lee

Benu

San Francisco

Who's Who of Food and Drink in America

Roger Berkowitz

President and CEO, Legal Sea Foods

Boston

Suzanne Goin

Multiple James Beard Award–Winning Chef and Restaurateur, A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern

Los Angeles

Evan Kleiman

Culinarian; Host of KCRW’s Good Food

Santa Monica, CA

Michel Nischan

Multiple James Beard Award–Winning Chef; Founder, President, and CEO, Wholesome Wave

Bridgeport, CT

Rajat Parr

Domaine de la Cote

Lompoc, California

The 2017 America's Classics

Bertha's Kitchen

Charleston, SC

Owners: Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney, and Sharon Coakley

Gioia's Deli

St. Louis

Owner: Alex Donley

La Taqueria

San Francisco

Owner: Miguel Jara

Sahadi's

Brooklyn, NY

Owners: Christine Sahadi Whelan, and Ron Sahadi

Schultz's Crab House

Essex, MD

Owners: Karen and Bob McKinney

2017 JBF Humanitarian of the Year

Denise Cerreta

One World Everybody Eats

Salt Lake City

2017 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award

Nora Pouillon

Restaurant Nora

Washington, D.C.

Read more: Nora Pouillon reflects on his massive legacy.