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Matthew McConaughey Just Won A Celebrity Burger Showdown, Here’s What He Made

May 28 was a big day for burger lovers.

In celebration of National Burger Day, Off the Menu, the LA-based food discovery app, teamed up with Uber Eats to host The Burger Showdown. The challenge paired more than 60 celebrities including Matthew McConaughey, Paris Hilton, and Dwyane Wade with restaurants in 10 cities to create their ultimate burger, available exclusively on Uber Eats. Even better, the Showdown supported Frontline Foods, a grassroots organization that supports local restaurants while feeding frontline workers and impacted communities..

Each pairing created a video sharing their burger inspiration and recipe, which lived on theburgershowdown.com for fans and burger lovers to watch and vote on their favorite before ordering on Uber Eats from May 28-31. 

And, the winners are in: 

Best Burger (US):

The Best Burger in the US was awarded to The Jacobite, made by Scottish actor Sam Heughan and Boston’s The Haven. It’s made with a chuck beef patty smothered in bacon-infused marmalade, pickle sauce, arugula, tomatoes, Huntsman cheese, deep fried onions, and a hand-cut french fry wedge served on a milk bun to create a deviously rich burger. 

Best Burger (Canada):

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The Best Canadian Burger was won by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner and The Burger’s Priest. The Mitch One-Six Burger kept it simple, with a smashed patty, cheddar cheese, thick cuts of bacon, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, the famed High Priest Sauce, and a classic, soft house bun. Simple, to the point, and dependable. 

Most Creative Collaboration:

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The winners of the Most Creative Collaboration, Shay Mitchell and NYC’s Flip Sigi, created the Filipino-inspired Shay Sigi Burger, which featured a three-meat burger that bonded longanisa, ground beef, and bacon. Seared on a hot pan, the amalgamation of a patty was topped with pickled onions, tomato, lettuce, a homemade banana ketchup, and a pan de sal bun.

Best Plant-Based Burger:

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Max Greenfield and Chicago’s Busy Burger’s collab, the Busy Max Veggie Delight, won the Best Plant-Based Burger presented by Lightlife. Here’s the juicy deets: Two Lightlife Plant-Based Burgers topped with pepper jack cheese and cut with guacamole and sauteed veggies, were topped with butter leaf lettuce, tomato, pickles, and Busy Burger’s signature Busy Sauce. 

The Burger Showdown Hall of Fame:

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Rounding out the awards by being inducted into The Burger Showdown Hall of Fame is Matthew McConaughey and Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Loro, who created a burger for those who hate when their patty slides out the back (or “slidie-out-backie,” as deemed by Mr. McConaughey) when bitten. Dubbed the “And…” burger, it is made with a brisket and chuck patty and brioche buns, then stacked with double-cut smoked bacon, American cheese, pickled jalapeños, butter leaf lettuce, thin-sliced tomato, mustard, and a jalapeño aioli.

The Burger Showdown was truly something to behold this year. Make sure to peep the builds of all the burgers mentioned, and more here.

Keep an eye on @offthemenu and @ubereats to see what they’re cooking up for their next tasty event, The Wing Showdown.

Created in partnership with Off The Menu.

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The Story Behind Ja Rule’s Comically Bad Greek Restaurant Commercial

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Recently, a video featuring rapper Ja Rule advertising for a Greek restaurant has made its way around the internet. The video, which has garnered over 3 million views on Twitter to date, shows Ja Rule going off for one of his favorite local restaurants, Papa Cristo’s.

For those unaware, Papa Cristo’s is a marketplace and a restaurant that’s been at the heart of the Greek community in Los Angeles for over 70 years. The owner, Chrys Chrys, is a local legend that fires up lamb chops, grilled octopus, and many other Greek specialties hard to find at most other restaurants.

While the viral video itself is mostly getting ripped by Twitter users for the editing (Ja Rule dancing in front of a green screen and slapping the owner’s head on some stock footage), the story behind it is actually pretty intriguing. Foodbeast reached out to Papa Cristo’s to learn more about the video and found that it was part of both a TV show and just general support Ja Rule wanted to give.

According to Papa Cristo’s, Ja Rule created the segment for something called “Pitch Perfect,” a show he created as part of TBS’s “Celebrity Showoff” series. Ja Rule and Chrys chat for a while before coming up with the ad, which the rapper hopes to use to bring light to Papa Cristo’s as well as supporting local restaurants in general.

The full clip will air on June 23rd on TBS, but you can view part of the show in the video above. Papa Cristo’s also mentioned that Ja Rule is helping to raise money for No Kid Hungry alongside supporting family-run local spots.

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Jason Derulo Has Gone Full Foodbeast During Quarantine And We’re Here For It

The quarantine life has us all on kitchen duty and results have been a mixed bag for many. Folks not used to their way around the kitchen have been forced to get acquainted while others may have found a second calling the way they’ve been giving full exec chef energy with some creative and delicious creations. Count one of those of the latter to be pop star Jason Derulo.

The “Want To Want Me” star has been making the most of being at home with entertaining TikTok videos that have him either showing off his renowned dance moves, doing funny skits, and most surprisingly of all, going full blown Foodbeast in the kitchen with some uber decadent recipe videos.

 

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In a series of TikTok and Instagram videos that have him celebrating million follower milestones, Derulo is seen concocting some pretty Foodbeast-worthy creations like skillet pancakes loaded with what looks to be the entire candy section of the movie theatre concession stand and French toast sticks loaded with all the sweetest breakfast cereal. In the video up top, he’s celebrating 16 million followers on TikTok by throwing together a chocolate pizza that’s got a caramel-glazed pizza crust and topped with what looks like Nutella, cookie dough, M&M’s, and chopped up Twix bars. Wow.

Look I’m not even mad that watching some of his recipes feels like my blood sugar is rising dramatically. I mean the man is out here living his best Foodbeast life and buying ovens with automatic pop-out trays — I support it!

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Celebrity Chef Jose Andrés Says Doctors And Nurses Will Eat Free At His Restaurants For A Year

Chef Jose Andres is no stranger to philanthropic efforts centered around his love for food and community through his charity World Central Kitchen, as evidenced by the massive contributions he’s made during this COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it be turning the Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium into a community kitchen to feed thousands or jumping on board the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship to feed its guests and crew, Andres has been an active force of good that’s become a regular highlight during the coronavirus news cycle.

In his on-going efforts of doing good through food, Andres has promised in a recent tweet that doctors and nurses will eat for free at his restaurants for the rest of the year.

My mom and dad, and uncle, and godmother were nurses, doctors, pharmacist! When I reopen my restaurants, I hope I will, every active Doctor and Nurse will eat for free for the rest of the year!

We’re all just as grateful for the work that medical workers and other frontline staff have been putting in during this turbulent pandemic, and for Andres to show his gratitude in such a way is to be commended — especially since most of his restaurants are high-ticket, fine dining, one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences.

This gesture is but another in a long line of positivity and service that the lauded celebrity chef has displayed in his career, and we’re sure that Jose Andres’ generosity will continue on.

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Here’s Why Comedian Bobby Lee Will Destroy Your Restaurant Leftovers

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If you’re ever eating with famed comedian Bobby Lee, of both standup and TigerBelly Podcast fame, you’re going to want to finish your entire meal.

That’s because if Lee picks up the check, he declares the right to do whatever he wants with your leftovers. Co-host and girlfriend Khalyla Kuhn outed the former Mad TV star with an anecdote told to comedian Bert Kreischer on a March TigerBelly episode:

“I’ve secretly packed it in a box [. . .] he looked at it, smashed my sandwich. So it’s now all over the place and indedible.” – Khalyla Kuhn

“And the next time you pay for the meal – you can take it home, do whatever you want with it.” – Bobby Lee

POWER MOVE. Not only has Bobby Lee has taken a full ownership stake of your food, allowing him to put everything in a single box for his own pleasure – he takes it one step further by decimating it. Wait, there’s more?

“I leave it on the table, no one can take it,” said Lee.

Translation: when he doesn’t destroy your leftovers he’ll still make you leave the food on the table – completely intact. There is a certain type of person that doesn’t eat leftovers (read: privileged), but this, this is an extreme take that’s hilarious and simultaneously frustrating. Potentially starting a last-minute Venmo war might be your only hope.

For the full conversation check out Ep. 237 of the TigerBelly Podcast on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Banana Bread Is Quarantine’s Unlikely Hero

The unspoken hero of this quarantined time is the humble oven. Since most of the world went into hiding, people have taken solace in one of the few acts that is productive, comforting, and time consuming: baking banana bread.

Cookies, brownies, muffins, all have been given shine on social media these past couple weeks. But, nothing has made the rounds more than banana bread. Not a day has gone by in the last week in which a load didn’t touch down on my timeline. 

The phenom even made its way to the cream of the crop of Twitter, with Chrissy Tiegen taking to the platform to offer a loaf of her famous banana bread in exchange for romaine lettuce, which she eventually found.

We decided to join in on the hype, and started with the very bread seen in Tiegen’s exchange, which can be found in her recipe book, Cravings. Check out the video above to see the process and our delicious results.

Now, I wasn’t satisfied with just the bread, I wanted answers. Why on Earth has banana bread taken ahold of our collective mind as we all sit, bored as hell, in our homes?

I sent up a signal. I posted on my Instagram story, asking people to DM me if they’ve made banana bread while pent up. To those who DM’d me, I simply asked, “Why?”

I expected to be able to make this into a quick, heartwarming story with the responses, one that hopefully alluded to banana bread being a childhood favorite to many that, in turn, is providing comfort in a time of need. And while some responses did support this theory, I overwhelmingly received two specific sentiments:

“I saw it on TikTok/YouTube,” and “I had rotten bananas.” 

After digging around a little, I found multiple TikTok’s showing recipes for banana bread, some with hundreds of thousands of views, while some in with millions. 

Also, apparently, a lot of people panic bought bananas. And, no one actually ever remembers that they bought them, so there were a lot of rotting bananas out in the world.

The trend seems to have been borne out of virality and necessity, as is everything in this day and age. Hell, most of my meals in the past few days can be sourced from the same ideals, too. 

And it seems like for the next few weeks that frame of mind will dominate the kitchen. People will continue baking, using whatever they have in their kitchen. Maybe keeping something from exploding in the oven will distract from the world seemingly exploding around us, who knows. 

But, hey, until it does, keep making that scrumptious banana bread.

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Of Course Gordon Ramsay Would Have The Best Hand Wash Tutorial

Between Masterclass demonstrations, YouTube tutorials, and stunning exhibitions of his cooking prowess on any of his successful TV shows, Gordon Ramsay’s skills in the kitchen and the way he demonstrates and teaches them are a sight to behold. The decorated chef and restaurateur is effortless when mentoring the world in cooking and that genius also extends to teaching us how to wash our hands.

Due to the heightened urgency to wash our hands in the midst of this covid-19 pandemic, hand washing tutorials have become the norm everywhere you look. The Center for Disease Control advises to “wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”

As seen in the Instagram post from Ramsay’s account, the fiery chef can also whip up a mean hand wash how-to, all while raising awareness for it through the use of the hashtag #nhshandwashchallenge, with the NHS portion referring to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

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Find America’s Best New Chef on James Beard Foundation’s Long List.

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Always wanted to know the next great new chef? The James Beard Foundation is here to help.

James Beard, famous for having the first nationally televised cooking show on NBC titled: “I Love to Eat,” passed away in 1985.  Since then, Julia Childs and other notable TV chefs created a non-profit foundation in his name to “celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone,” or as they put it more succinctly, to celebrate people who make, ‘good food for good.’

This is the 30th year it has been handing out awards, with each winner awarded a medallion bearing James Beard’s welcoming avuncular face and a one year membership to the organization. The James Beard foundation also gives out scholarships to promising would-be-chefs.

They just released the ‘long list’ of semi-finalists and have added a few more categories this year to represent different demographics and geography.  Now you can find best chef categories just for California and Texas.

The America’s Classics award was posted as well as the ‘long list’ and will be culled down to the top five finalists by March 25th and the winners will be announced May 4th at the Gala in Chicago.

Here is the full long list, find a chef or restaurant in your area and go celebrate their nomination!

Best New Restaurant

  • Automatic Seafood & Oysters, Birmingham, AL
  • Beit Rima, San Francisco
  • The Blind Goat, Houston
  • Cocina al Fondo, San Juan, PR
  • Cultura, Asheville, NC
  • Demi, Minneapolis
  • Eem, Portland, OR
  • Fox & the Knife, Boston
  • Gado Gado, Portland, OR
  • Gianna, New Orleans
  • Golden Diner, NYC
  • Il Nido, Seattle
  • iNDO, St. Louis
  • Kalaya, Philadelphia
  • Kāwi, NYC
  • Lazy Betty, Atlanta
  • Nightshade, Los Angeles
  • Oak Hill Café & Farm, Greenville, SC
  • Pasjoli, Santa Monica, CA
  • Rooster & Owl, Washington, D.C.
  • Saffron De Twah, Detroit
  • Salaryman, Dallas
  • Squable, Houston
  • Sunday Vinyl, Denver
  • Tanám, Somerville, MA
  • Thamee, Washington, D.C.
  • Thattu, Chicago
  • Tzuco, Chicago
  • Vecina, Phoenix
  • Verjus, San Francisco

Outstanding Baker

  • Kim Boyce, Bakeshop, Portland, OR
  • Spencer Budros, Pistacia Vera, Columbus, OH
  • Evrim Dogu and Evin Dogu, Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, VA
  • Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery, Philadelphia
  • Graison Gill, Bellegarde Bakery, New Orleans
  • Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, NYC
  • Clyde Greenhouse, Kessler Baking Studio, Dallas
  • Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ
  • Briana Holt, Tandem Coffee + Bakery, Portland, ME
  • Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery, Cambridge, MA
  • Ayako Kurokawa, Burrow, NYC
  • Lisa Ludwinski, Sister Pie, Detroit
  • Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas, Janjou Pâtisserie, Boise, ID
  • David Norman, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Austin
  • Taylor Petrehn, 1900 Barker, Lawrence, KS
  • Nathaniel Reid, Nathaniel Reid Bakery, Kirkwood, MO
  • Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA
  • Matt Tinder, Saboteur Bakery, Bremerton, WA
  • Chris Wilkins, Root Baking Co., Atlanta
  • Na Young Ma, Proof Bakery, Los Angeles

Outstanding Bar Program

  • Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston
  • The Atomic Lounge, Birmingham, AL
  • The Baldwin Bar, Woburn, MA
  • Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu
  • Clavel Mezcaleria, Baltimore
  • Colita, Minneapolis
  • Existing Conditions, NYC
  • Expatriate, Portland, OR
  • Horse Inn, Lancaster, PA
  • Kimball House, Decatur, GA
  • La Factoría, San Juan, PR
  • Las Almas Rotas, Dallas
  • Leyenda, Brooklyn, NY
  • Little Rituals, Phoenix
  • Lost Lake, Chicago
  • OTOTO, Los Angeles
  • Novare Res Bier Café, Portland, ME
  • Sugar House, Detroit
  • Trick Dog, San Francisco
  • Williams & Graham, Denver

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)

  • Andrew Carmellini, The Dutch, NYC
  • Ann Cashion, Johnny’s Half Shell, Washington, D.C.
  • John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC
  • Nobuo Fukuda, Nobuo at Teeter House, Phoenix
  • Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde, Chicago
  • Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
  • Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, ME
  • David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA
  • Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
  • Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco
  • Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, Los Angeles
  • Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
  • Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
  • Missy Robbins, Lilia, NYC
  • Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
  • Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
  • Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA
  • Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.
  • Marc Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia
  • Justin Yu, Theodore Rex, Houston

Outstanding Hospitality (Presented by American Airlines)

  • 15 Fox Place, Jersey City, NJ
  • 1919, San Juan, PR
  • Angus Barn Steakhouse, Raleigh, NC
  • Black Trumpet Bistro, Portsmouth, NH
  • Brigtsen’s, New Orleans
  • Canlis, Seattle
  • Chez Fonfon, Birmingham, AL
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC
  • HOBNOB, Racine, WI
  • Hugo’s, Houston
  • Kai, Phoenix
  • Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop, Charleston, SC
  • Love Handle, Indianapolis
  • Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
  • Mi Nidito Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
  • Mistral, Boston
  • Pekin Noodle Parlor, Butte, MT
  • Saison, San Francisco
  • Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco
  • Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)

  • Antonio Bachour, Bachour, Coral Gables, FL
  • Neil Blazin, Driftwood Oven, Pittsburgh
  • Lincoln Carson, Bon Temps, Los Angeles
  • Ali and Kevin Cohane, Persephone, Jackson, WY
  • Renae Connolly, Benedetto, Cambridge, MA
  • Juan Contreras, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
  • Megan Garrelts, Rye, Leawood, KS
  • Sylvia Gould, Kool Beanz Cafe, Tallahassee, FL
  • Maggie Huff, Homewood, Dallas
  • Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles
  • Claudia Martinez, Tiny Lou’s, Atlanta
  • Mimi Mendoza, Senia, Honolulu
  • Diane Moua, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
  • Natasha Pickowicz, Flora Bar, NYC
  • Ricardo “Ricchi” Sanchez, Bullion, Dallas
  • Emily Spurlin, Lula Cafe, Chicago
  • Krystle Swenson, Crawford and Son, Raleigh, NC
  • Katherine Thompson, Thompson Italian, Falls Church, VA
  • Miro Uskokovic, Gramercy Tavern, NYC
  • Country Velador, Super Chunk Sweets & Treats, Scottsdale, AZ

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

  • Boka, Chicago
  • Bolete, Bethlehem, PA
  • FIG, Charleston, SC
  • Fore Street, Portland, ME
  • Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO
  • Hà VL, Portland, OR
  • House of Prime Rib, San Francisco
  • Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
  • Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles
  • Komi, Washington, D.C.
  • La Morada, NYC
  • Mai Lee, Brentwood, MO
  • Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami
  • Neptune Oyster, Boston
  • Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix
  • The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, Houston
  • Quince, San Francisco
  • Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
  • SriPraPhai, NYC
  • Sushi Den, Denver

Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)

  • Paul Bartolotta, The Bartolotta Restaurants, Milwaukee (Ristorante Bartolotta, Harbor House, Lake Park Bistro, and others)
  • Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer, JK Food Group, Boston (Little Donkey, Toro, Coppa)
  • JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline Restaurant, New Orleans
  • Sameer Eid and Samy Eid, Birmingham, MI, and Detroit (Phoenicia, Forest, Leila)
  • Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality, Nashville (The Catbird Seat, The Patterson House, Henrietta Red, and others)
  • Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C. (Pizzeria Paradiso)
  • Martha Hoover, Patachou Inc., Indianapolis (Café Patachou, Public Greens, Bar One Fourteen, and others)
  • Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch, Crafted Concepts, Denver (Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Stoic & Genuine, and others)
  • Mike Mastro and Jeff Mastro, Prime Steak Concepts, Scottsdale, AZ (Dominick’s Steakhouse, Steak 44, Ocean 44)
  • Thomas McNaughton, David Steele and David White, Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, San Francisco (Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, Trick Dog)
  • Larry McGuire, McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Austin (Jeffrey’s, Perla’s, Pool Burger, and others)
  • Jay McSharry, Portsmouth, NH (Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe, Vida Cantina, Moxy, and others)
  • Ouita Michel, Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants, Lexington, KY (Holly Hill Inn, The Midway Bakery and Cafe, Honeywood, and others)
  • Willy Ng, Magic Gourmet Trading, San Francisco (Koi Palace, Dragon Beaux, Palette Tea House)
  • Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom, Portland, OR (Langbaan, PaaDee, Hat Yai)
  • Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road, Charleston, SC (Indaco, The Macintosh, O-Ku Sushi, and others)
  • Alex Raij and Eder Montero, NYC (La Vara, Saint Julivert Fisherie, Txikito)
  • Cookie Till, Margate, NJ (Steve and Cookie’s, Ventnor No. 7311)
  • Tracy Vaught, H Town Restaurant Group, Houston (Hugo’s, Xochi, Caracol, and others)
  • Jason Wang, Xi’an Famous Foods, NYC

Outstanding Wine Program

  • Bacchanal, New Orleans
  • Beholder, Indianapolis
  • Canard, Portland, OR
  • COTE, NYC
  • Death & Taxes, Raleigh, NC
  • element 47 at The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
  • Flight Wine Bar, Washington, D.C.
  • FnB, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Great China, Berkeley, CA
  • Grill 23, Boston
  • haley.henry, Boston
  • Le Caveau, Philadelphia
  • L’Oursin, Seattle
  • Lucky Palace, Bossier City, LA
  • Miller Union, Atlanta
  • The Morris, San Francisco
  • Night + Market Sahm, Venice, CA
  • Ops, NYC
  • Rosie Cannonball, Houston
  • Spiaggia, Chicago

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

  • Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Co., Charleston, SC
  • Jean Broillet IV, Tired Hands Brewing Company, Ardmore, PA
  • Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, St. Helena, CA
  • Brianne Day, Day Wines, Dundee, OR
  • Austin Evans and Richard Patrick Jr., Cathead Distillery, Jackson, MS
  • David Favela, Border X Brewing, San Diego
  • Aaron Fox and Daniel de la Nuez, Forthave Spirits, NYC
  • Deirdre Heekin, La Garagista Farm + Winery, Barnard, VT
  • Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Penn Yan, NY
  • Marika Josephson and Aaron Kleidon, Scratch Brewing Company, Ava, IL
  • Drew Kulsveen, Willett Distillery, Bardstown, KY
  • Todd Leopold and Scott Leopold, Leopold Bros., Denver
  • Steve Luke, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle
  • André Hueston Mack, Maison Noir Wines, McMinnville, OR
  • Kim McPherson, McPherson Cellars, Lubbock, TX
  • Amanda and Stephen Paul, Whiskey Del Bac, Tucson, AZ
  • Yoshihiro Sako, Den Sake Brewery, Oakland, CA
  • Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Stuffings, Jester King Brewery, Austin
  • Rutger de Vink, RdV Vineyards, Delaplane, VA
  • Lance Winters, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

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

  • Will Aghajanian and Liz Johnson, The Catbird Seat, Nashville
  • Angel Barreto, Anju, Washington, D.C.
  • Nick Bognar, iNDO, St. Louis
  • Trigg Brown, Win Son, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ana Castro, Thalia, New Orleans
  • Valerie Chang, ITAMAE, Miami
  • Bria Downey, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, Fort Worth, TX
  • Alisha Elenz, mfk./Bar Biscay, Chicago
  • Robbie Felice, Viaggio Ristorante, Wayne, NJ
  • Rikki Giambruno, Hyacinth, St. Paul, MN
  • Mariana Gonzalez-Trasvina, Bar ‘Cino, Newport, RI
  • Jesse Ito, Royal Izakaya, Philadelphia
  • Matthew Kammerer, Harbor House Inn, Elk, CA
  • Zoë Kanan, Simon & The Whale, NYC
  • Liz Kenyon, Rupee Bar, Seattle
  • Jeanine Lamadieu, Yūgen, Chicago
  • Irene Li, Mei Mei, Boston
  • Gaby Maeda, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
  • Daniela Moreira, Timber Pizza Co., Washington, D.C.
  • Henry Moso, Kabooki Sushi, Orlando, FL
  • Shota Nakajima, Adana, Seattle
  • Austin Nickel, Spuntino, Denver
  • Johnny Ortiz, /Shed, La Madera, NM
  • Lena Sareini, Selden Standard, Detroit
  • Ashleigh Shanti, Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC
  • Kaitlin Steets, Theodore Rex, Houston
  • Cassie Shortino, Tratto, Phoenix
  • Maricela Vega, 8ARM, Atlanta
  • Paola Velez, Kith/Kin, Washington, D.C.
  • Jon Yao, Kato, Los Angeles

Best Chefs (Presented by Capital One)

Best Chef: California

  • Genet Agonafer, Meals by Genet, Los Angeles
  • Kim Alter, Nightbird, San Francisco
  • Val M. Cantu, Californios, San Francisco
  • Rocío Camacho, La Diosa de los Moles, Paramount, CA
  • Gabriela Cámara, Cala, San Francisco
  • Josef Centeno, Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles
  • Jeremy Fox, Birdie G’s, Santa Monica, CA
  • Brandon Go, Hayato, Los Angeles
  • Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco
  • Jessica Koslow, Sqirl, Los Angeles
  • Mourad Lahlou, Mourad, San Francisco
  • Mei Lin, Nightshade, Los Angeles
  • Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel, Los Angeles
  • Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles
  • Brandon Rodgers and Ian Scaramuzza, In Situ, San Francisco
  • Carlos Salgado, Taco María, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Joshua Skenes, Angler, San Francisco
  • James Syhabout, Commis, Oakland, CA
  • Karen Taylor Waikiki, El Molino Central, Boyes Hot Springs, CA
  • Pim Techamuanvivit, Kin Khao, San Francisco

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

  • James Anderson, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, Columbus, OH
  • Abra Berens, Granor Farm, Three Oaks, MI
  • Thai Dang, HaiSous, Chicago
  • Brian Jupiter, Frontier, Chicago
  • Gene Kato, Momotaro, Chicago
  • Ji Hye Kim, Miss Kim, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe, Chicago
  • Andy Hollyday, Selden Standard, Detroit
  • Allie La Valle-Umansky, Jeremy Umansky, and Kenny Scott, Larder Delicatessen & Bakery, Cleveland
  • Abbi Merriss, Bluebeard, Indianapolis
  • Ethan Pikas, Cellar Door Provisions, Chicago
  • Noah Sandoval, Oriole, Chicago
  • Ryan Santos, Please, Cincinnati
  • John Shields and Karen Urie Shields, Smyth, Chicago
  • James Rigato, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park, MI
  • Mike Ransom, Ima, Detroit
  • Mariya Russell, Kikkō, Chicago
  • Sarah Welch, Marrow, Detroit
  • Erick Williams, Virtue, Chicago
  • Lee Wolen, Boka, Chicago

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

  • Victor Albisu, Poca Madre, Washington, D.C.
  • Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ
  • Sunny Baweja, Lehja, Richmond, VA
  • Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter and Lisa Chang, Mama Chang, Fairfax, VA
  • Zenebech Dessu, Zenebech Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Elmi, Laurel, Philadelphia
  • Christian Frangiadis, Spork, Pittsburgh
  • Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, Canal House Station, Milford, NJ
  • Matthew Kern, Heirloom, Lewes, DE
  • Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia
  • Danny Lee, Anju, Washington, D.C.
  • Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia
  • Taylor Mason, Luca, Lancaster, PA
  • Cagla Onal-Urel, Green Almond Pantry, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Prime, Cane, Washington, D.C.
  • Dan Richer, Razza, Jersey City, NJ
  • Jon Sybert, Tail Up Goat, Washington, D.C.
  • Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore
  • Wei Zhu, Chengdu Gourmet, Pittsburgh

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

  • Dane Baldwin, The Diplomat, Milwaukee
  • Andrea Baumgardner, BernBaum’s, Fargo, ND
  • Karen Bell, Bavette La Boucherie, Milwaukee
  • Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis
  • Michael Corvino, Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, Kansas City, MO
  • Daniel del Prado, Martina, Minneapolis
  • Linda Duerr, The Restaurant at 1900, Mission Woods, KS
  • Michael Gallina, Vicia, St. Louis
  • Nicholas Goellner, The Antler Room, Kansas City, MO
  • Vaughn Good, Fox and Pearl, Kansas City, MO
  • Lona Luo, Lona’s Lil Eats, St. Louis
  • Benjamin Maides, Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Omaha, NE
  • Jamie Malone, Grand Café, Minneapolis
  • Jesse Mendica, Olive + Oak, Webster Groves, MO
  • Loryn Nalic, Balkan Treat Box, Webster Groves, MO
  • Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis
  • Sean Pharr, Mint Mark, Madison, WI
  • Joe Tripp, Harbinger, Des Moines, IA
  • Hai Truong, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, St. Paul, MN
  • David Utterback, Yoshitomo, Omaha, NE

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

  • Carrie Baird, Bar Dough, Denver
  • Jen Castle and Blake Spalding, Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm, Boulder, UT
  • Jeff Drew, Snake River Grill, Jackson, WY
  • Nick Fahs, David Barboza and Mike Blocher, Table X, Salt Lake City
  • Caroline Glover, Annette, Aurora, CO
  • Briar Handly, Handle, Park City, UT
  • Duncan Holmes, Beckon, Denver
  • Peggi Ince-Whiting, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, Salt Lake City
  • Suchada Johnson, Teton Thai, Teton Village, WY
  • Sarah Kelly, Petite 4, Boise, ID
  • Tommy Lee, Hop Alley, Denver
  • Brother Luck, Four by Brother Luck, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Josh Niernberg, Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction, CO
  • Cindhura Reddy, Spuntino, Denver
  • Dana Rodriguez, Super Mega Bien, Denver
  • Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Laziz Kitchen, Salt Lake City
  • Nick Steen, Walkers Grill, Billings, MT
  • Dave Wells, Tasting Room at Chico Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Pray, MT
  • Kelly Whitaker, The Wolf’s Tailor, Denver
  • Luis Young, Penrose Room, Colorado Springs, CO

Best Chef: New York State

  • Einat Admony, Balaboosta, NYC
  • Albert Bartley, Top Taste, Kingston, NY
  • Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit, NYC
  • Nick Curtola, The Four Horsemen, NYC
  • David DiBari, The Cookery, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Eric Gao, O Mandarin, Hartsdale, NY
  • Sean Gray, Momofuku Ko, NYC
  • Brooks Headley, Superiority Burger, NYC
  • Jenny Kwak, Haenyeo, NYC
  • Chintan Pandya, Adda, NYC
  • Kyo Pang, Kopitiam, NYC
  • Junghyun Park, Atomix, NYC
  • Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Hudson, NY
  • Erik Ramirez, Llama Inn, NYC
  • Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, Uncle Boons, NYC
  • Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, Don Angie, NYC
  • Daniela Soto-Innes, ATLA, NYC
  • Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, Wildair, NYC
  • Alex Stupak, Empellón, NYC
  • Helen You, Dumpling Galaxy, NYC

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

  • Unmi Abkin, Coco & the Cellar Bar, Easthampton, MA
  • Tyler Anderson, Millwright’s Restaurant, Simsbury, CT
  • Tracy Chang, Pagu, Cambridge, MA
  • Cara Chigazola Tobin, Honey Road, Burlington, VT
  • Vien Dobui, CÔNG TỬ BỘT, Portland, ME
  • Carl Dooley, The Table at Season to Taste, Cambridge, MA
  • Tiffani Faison, Orfano, Boston
  • Devin Finigan, Aragosta at Goose Cove, Deer Isle, ME
  • Erin French, The Lost Kitchen, Freedom, ME
  • Mayumi Hattori, The Club Car, Nantucket, MA
  • Seizi Imura, Cafe Sushi, Cambridge, MA
  • Ben Jackson, Drifters Wife, Portland, ME
  • Krista Kern Desjarlais, The Purple House, North Yarmouth, ME
  • James Mark, Big King, Providence
  • Greg Mitchell and Chad Conley, Palace Diner, Biddeford, ME
  • Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden, ME
  • Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA
  • David Vargas, Vida Cantina, Portsmouth, NH
  • Derek Wagner, Nicks on Broadway, Providence
  • Douglass Williams, MIDA, Boston

Best Chef: Northwest & Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

  • Chera Amlag, Hood Famous Cafe + Bar, Seattle
  • Jay Blackinton, Hogstone’s Wood Oven, Orcas Island, WA
  • Peter Cho, Han Oak, Portland, OR
  • Logan Cox, Homer, Seattle
  • Gregory Gourdet, Departure, Portland, OR
  • Sun Hong, By Tae, Seattle
  • Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush, Senia, Honolulu
  • Mitch Mayers, Sawyer, Seattle
  • Katy Millard, Coquine, Portland, OR
  • Sarah Minnick, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, Portland, OR
  • Kristen Murray, MÅURICE, Portland, OR
  • Keiji Nakazawa, Sushi Sho, Waikiki Beach, HI
  • Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland, OR
  • Beau Schooler, In Bocca Al Lupo, Juneau, AK
  • Sheldon Simeon, Lineage, Wailea, HI
  • Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi, Seattle
  • Naoko Tamura, Shizuku, Portland, OR
  • Aaron Verzosa, Archipelago, Seattle
  • Chad White, Zona Blanca, Spokane, WA
  • Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

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

  • Blake Aguillard and William “Trey” Smith, Saint-Germain, New Orleans
  • Lindsay Autry, The Regional Kitchen & Public House, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Timon Balloo, Balloo Restaurant, Miami
  • Michael Beltran, Ariete, Coconut Grove, FL
  • Bill Briand, Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, AL
  • Paxx Caraballo Moll, Jungle BaoBao, San Juan, PR
  • Derek Emerson, CAET, Ridgeland, MS
  • Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, PR
  • Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette, New Orleans
  • Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer, Boia De, Miami
  • Hao Gong, LUVI Restaurant, New Orleans
  • Michael Gulotta, Maypop, New Orleans
  • Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf, New Orleans
  • Timothy Hontzas, Johnny’s Restaurant, Homewood, AL
  • Natalia Lucía Vallejo, Cocina al Fondo, San Juan, PR
  • Duane Nutter, Southern National, Mobile, AL
  • Niven Patel, Ghee, Miami
  • Rafael Rios, Yeyo’s Mexican Grill, Bentonville, AR
  • Austin Sumrall, White Pillars, Biloxi, MS
  • Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans

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

  • Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, NC
  • Gregory Collier, Uptown Yolk, Charlotte, NC
  • Adam Cooke, Topsoil Kitchen & Market, Travelers Rest, SC
  • Cassidee Dabney, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
  • Steven Devereaux Greene, Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC
  • Bryan Furman, B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue, Atlanta
  • Josh Habiger, Bastion, Nashville
  • Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani, Asheville, NC
  • Kevin Johnson, The Grocery, Charleston, SC
  • Philip Krajeck, FOLK, Nashville
  • Joe Kindred, Kindred, Davidson, NC
  • Cheetie Kumar, Garland, Raleigh, NC
  • Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor, Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta
  • Leonard Lewis, Bones, Atlanta
  • Ricky Moore, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Durham, NC
  • Annie Pettry, Decca, Louisville, KY
  • Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, TN
  • Julia Sullivan, Henrietta Red, Nashville
  • Viviek Surti, Tailor, Nashville
  • Shamil Velazquez, Delaney Oyster House, Charleston, SC

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

  • Lisa Becklund, Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy, Depew, OK
  • Nicole Brisson, Locale, Las Vegas
  • Jeff Chanchaleune, Gun Izakaya, Oklahoma City
  • Alan Ji, Mott 32, Las Vegas
  • Stephen Jones, The Larder + The Delta, Phoenix
  • Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Dan Krohmer, Other Mama, Las Vegas
  • Shinji Kurita, Shinbay Omakase Room, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Danielle Leoni, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Phoenix
  • Maria Mazon, BOCA Tacos y Tequila, Tucson, AZ
  • Josie and Teako Nunn, Sparky’s Burgers, Barbeque, & Espresso, Hatch, NM
  • Fernando Olea, Sazón Restaurant, Santa Fe
  • Jonathan Perno, Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
  • Chrysa Robertson, Rancho Pinot, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café Gran Reserva, Phoenix
  • Samantha Sanz, Talavera, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Jeff Smedstad, Elote Cafe, Sedona, AZ
  • Kevin Snell, Amelia’s, Tulsa, OK
  • Ryan Swanson, Kai, Gila River Indian Community, Chandler, AZ
  • James Trees, Esther’s Kitchen, Las Vegas

Best Chef: Texas

  • Dawn Burrell, Kulture, Houston
  • Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye, Austin
  • Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie, Austin
  • Alexandra Gates, Cochineal, Marfa, TX
  • Manabu Horiuchi, Kata Robata, Houston
  • Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri, Houston
  • Molly McCook, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Fort Worth, TX
  • Steve McHugh, Cured, San Antonio
  • Aldo Mora, Cafe Central, El Paso, TX
  • Trong Nguyen, Crawfish & Noodles, Houston
  • Misti Norris, Petra and the Beast, Dallas
  • Alex Paredes, Carnitas Lonja, San Antonio
  • Esaul Ramos, 2M Smokehouse, San Antonio
  • Regino Rojas, Revolver Taco Lounge, Dallas
  • Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An, Dallas
  • Donny Sirisavath, Khao Noodle Shop, Dallas
  • Norma Frances “Tootsie” Tomanetz, Snow’s BBQ, Lexington, TX
  • Jason Vaughan, Nancy’s Hustle, Houston
  • Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin
  • Laurie Williamson, Rancho Loma, Talpa, TX