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David Chang And Paul Kahan TIE For James Beard Outstanding Chef Award

In a stunning turn of events, David Chang and Paul Kahan both won the distinction of Outstanding Chef at last night’s James Beard Awards.

As the result of a tie, the Momofuku proprietor and the Blackbird chef ended up winning the industry’s highest distinction during a ceremony held last night at New York City’s Lincoln center. According to the James Beard Foundation, this is the third time that a tie has happened in this category, proving that chefs are just loving dudes.

The full list of winners can be found below (and we for one are super excited about Stephanie Izard’s win). Congratulations to all!

BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Stephanie Izard
Girl & the Goat
Chicago

BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Johnny Monis
Komi
Washington, D.C.

BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, ME, ND, SD, WI)
Colby Garrelts
Bluestem
Kansas City, MO
BEST CHEF: NYC
Wylie Dufresne
wd~50

BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Melissa Kelly
Primo
Rockland, ME

BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon
Portland, OR

BEST CHEF: SOUTH (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR) 
Tory McPhail
Commander’s Palace
New Orleans

BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Joseph Lenn
The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Walland, TN

BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Jennifer Jasinski
Rioja
Denver

BEST CHEF: WEST (CA, HI, NV) 
Christopher Kostow
The Restaurant at Meadowood
St. Helena, CA

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
A restaurant opened in 2012 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
State Bird Provisions
San Francisco

OUTSTANDING BEER, WINE, OR SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL
A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least 5 years.
Merry Edwards
Merry Edwards Winery
Sebastopol, CA

OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM
A restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 5 years.
Frasca Food and Wine
Boulder, CO

OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM 
An establishment that displays and encourages excellence in cocktail, spirits, and/or beer service.
The Aviary
Chicago

OUTSTANDING SERVICE
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past 5 years.
Del Posto
NYC

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.
Brooks Headley
Del Posto
NYC

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR 
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard
Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.
Maguy Le Coze
Le Bernardin
NYC

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR 
A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Danny Bowien
Mission Chinese Food
San Francisco and NYC

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT
A restaurant in the united States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.
Blue Hill
NYC

OUTSTANDING CHEF 
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

David Chang
Momofuku Noodle Bar
NYC

Paul Kahan
Blackbird
Chicago

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