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Food & Drink: James Beard Awards

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on June 1   |   Updated on June 27
Chef Erick Williams and his wife pose on the awards ceremony carpet

Virtue owner Erick Williams and his wife, Tiffany, at the 2022 James Beard Awards. Williams was the only Chicago winner last year. (Jeff Schear / Getty / James Beard Foundation)

Chefs, restaurateurs, food journalists, and others from across the U.S. will gather in Chicago for the prestigious James Beard Awards this weekend. Meet the local finalists 👇

Emerging chef: Damarr Brown of Virtue

The “Top Chef” favorite could bring home another award for the Hyde Park restaurant specializing in classic Southern American cuisine after Erick Williams won best chef for the Great Lakes region last year.

Best new restaurant: Obélix

The River North restaurant has topped a lot of best new restaurant lists for its standout French fare from steak frites to lobster crepes.

Outstanding hospitality: Sepia

Adorned with a Michelin star, chef Andrew Zimmerman’s West Loop staple could finally take home a James Beard Award after years of nominations.

Best Great Lakes chef: Diana Dávila Boldin of Mi Tocaya Antojería AND Tim Flores and Genie Kwon of Kasama

The chefs behind the popular Mexican restaurant in Logan Square and the Filipino bakery and eatery in East Ukrainian Village are both up for the regional award.

Best profile: “Being Paula Camp” by Monica Eng

Paula Camp was once a tough Tribune food critic. Today, she’s a trans craft cidery owner living in Michigan. Over several months, Camp told longtime food journalist Monica Eng how she finally found peace.

+ Charlie Trotter put Chicago on the culinary map. See a documentary about the late chef’s rise and fall in Lincoln Park Saturday.

+ Want affordable fine dining? Check out Kendall College’s Dining Room.

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