The Bay Area made a big showing at last night's James Beard Awards, which are considered to be the highest honor in the culinary community. The Slanted Door, long a bridesmaid in the Outstanding Restaurant category (for restaurants 10 years old or older), finally took home the prize for Charles Phan. Meanwhile, Daniel Patterson is having a fantastic year: just a week after Coi landed in the San Pellegrino Top 50 Restaurants for the first time, he won the prize for Best Chef: West. And The Restaurant at Meadowood took home its second award in two years, with GM Nathaniel Dorn winning for Outstanding Service.
Healdsburg's Shed was the fourth Bay Area winner of the night, earning the Best Restaurant Design award (76 seats and over) for its designer, Jensen Architects. And while April Bloomfield was in the running for NYC project The Spotted Pig, not SF restaurant Tosca Cafe, fans should note that she was named Best Chef for New York City.
As always with awards, a few locals didn't make the podium: Patterson's win meant that fellow nominees Corey Lee and Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski will have to make another go of it, while A16 and Bar Agricole continue to wait for their turn in the wine and bar categories, respectively. Belinda Leong couldn't match the ascension of Cronut King Dominique Ansel in the pastry-chef category, while both members of the Manresa team, David Kinch and Jessica Largey, were overlooked for Outstanding Chef and Rising Star Chef, respectively. Hopefully, you'll see a few of those names in the winner's circle next year.
For more on the awards and the full list of winners, head over to Eater National, where you can also read a two-part interview with Patterson, an interview with Dorn about his service philosophy and see gorgeous photographs of Healdsburg Shed and the other design nominees.
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