The James Beard Awards, which are often called "the Oscars of the U.S. restaurant industry," were recently held at the historic Lincoln Center in New York City. While some eateries are longtime favorites, some choices might reveal new foodie destinations for culinary-driven travelers.
The best chef category awards an overall nationwide winner as well as smaller regional awards in places like the Great Lakes, NYC, the West and Mid-Atlantic, so no matter where you decide to take your vacation, reservations to some of these world-renowned eateries might be in order. To protect your vacation investment, it is recommended to purchase travel insurance.
Peche Seafood Grill, New Orleans: Not only did head chef Ryan Prewitt pick up the award for Best Chef in the South, Peche also took home the coveted Best New Restaurant award, so New Orleans might be a wonderful place to spend your foodie vacation this summer.
The Slanted Door, San Francisco: The Outstanding Restaurant recipient went to The Slanted Door due to its consistent excellence in quality, service and atmosphere for over a decade. This wonderful modern Vietnamese eatery offers lunch and dinner every day, as well as afternoon tea.
The Spotted Pig and Brooklyn Brewery, NYC: It's easy to see why the James Beard Foundation gave NYC its own category, as it is a foodie mecca. New York watering holes showed up in full force, with Brooklyn Brewery taking home the Outstanding Beer, Wine or Spirits Professional Prize as well as the Outstanding Bar Program award going to The Bar at the NoMad Hotel. As for the Best Chef in NYC, the award went to April Bloomfield at The Spotted Pig.
Next, Grace and The Purple Pig, Chicago: Jimmy Bannos, Jr., at The Purple Pig won the nationwide Rising Star Chef of the Year award, while Grace took home an Outstanding Restaurant Design Award. Dave Beran of Next, one of the hottest restaurants in the West Loop, won the Best Chef Award in the Great Lakes region.
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