LA’s Suzanne Goin Wins Top Honor at the James Beard Awards


L.A.’s own Suzanne Goin won the top honor—Outstanding Chef—on Tuesday night at the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Goin, who owns highly feted and popular spots including Lucques, a.o.c. and Tavern and The Larder at Burton Way, which she runs with business partner Caroline Styne, as well as The Hungry Cat, which she operates with husband David Lentz, is only the fifth female to win the top honor since the foundation established its top-notch awards for chefs, food writers and restaurants in 1990.

This is her ninth nomination for Outstanding Chef of the Year, a well-deserved accolade for the seasonal, European-inspired dishes she serves at Lucques in West Hollywood, which she first opened in 1998.

In addition to Goin’s outstanding win, Osteria Mozza‘s Dahlia Narvaez took home the Oustanding Pastry Chef award, while Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal were Best: Chef West winners.


See the full list of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award winners below

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: Northeast
Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, NY

Best Chef: Northwest
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Best Chef: South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest
Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best New Restaurant
Shaya, New Orleans

Oustanding Baker
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

Outstanding Bar Program
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Restaurant
Alinea, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ken Friedman, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café, NYC

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, FL

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, NYC