Check out Chicago's list of James Beard Award winners from year's past, which includes over 40 chefs and restaurants.

Chicago is proud to be home to over 40 James Beard Award winners. Since the first awards ceremony in 1991, this national award has become the most coveted honor in the world of food and beverage. 

If you're looking for a place to dine, this esteemed list is the best place to start.

Outstanding Chef Award

1995 Rick Bayless, Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, Chicago, IL
1999 Charlie Trotter, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, IL
2008 Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago, IL
2013 Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Restaurateur Award

2011 Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago, IL
2015 Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Restaurant Award

2000 Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, IL
2007 Frontera Grill, Chicago, IL
2017 Topolobampo, Chicago, IL

Best New Restaurant Award

1996 Brasserie Jo, Chicago, IL
2012 Next, Chicago, IL

Rising Star Chef Award

1994 Sarah Stegner, The Dining Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, IL
1998 Keith Luce, Spruce, Chicago, IL
2003 Grant Achatz, Trio, Evanston, IL
2014 Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 Seats and Under)

2015 Brindille, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Restaurant Design (76 Seats and Over)

2016 Cherry Circle Room, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award

2001 Gale Gand, Tru, Chicago, IL
2012 Mindy Segal, Mindy's HotChocolate, Chicago, IL

Best Chefs in America

1999 Debbie Gold, Chicago, IL

Best Chef: Great Lakes

2007 Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago, IL
2008 Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Chicago, IL
2010 Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago, IL
2012 Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago, IL
2013 Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, IL
2014 Dave Beran, Next, Chicago, IL
2016 Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago, IL
2017 Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde, Chicago, IL

Best Chef: Midwest

1991 Rick Bayless, Topolobampo/Frontera Grill, Chicago, IL
1992 Charlie Trotter, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, IL
1994 Paul Bartolotta, Spiaggia, Chicago, IL
1995 Jean Joho, Everest/Brasserie Jo, Chicago, IL
1997 Roland Liccioni, Les Nomades, Chicago, Wheeling, IL
1997 Gabino Sotelino, Ambria, Chicago, IL
1998 Sarah Stegner, The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, IL
2000 Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun, Chicago, IL
2002 Rick Tramonto, Tru, Chicago, IL
2004 Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL
2005 Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Chicago, IL
2006 Shawn McClain, Spring, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Wine Program

1993 Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Service

2002 Charlie Trotter, Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, IL
2007 Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman, Tru, Chicago, IL
2010 Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Bar Program

2013 The Aviary, Chicago, IL
2015 The Violet Hour, Chicago, IL

America's Classics

1999 The Berghoff, Chicago, IL
2008 Tufano's Vernon Park Tap, Chicago, IL
2010 Calumet Fisheries, Chicago, IL

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