April 7th, 2015

CIA Alumni at the James Beard Awards

James Beard

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards are the Oscars of the food world. On Friday, April 24 the stars of the industry will gather to honor chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more.

Last year, we saw several CIA alumni take home awards. This year, we’re cheering for:

  • Matthew Accarrino ’98, Best Chef: West
  • Nicolaus Balla ’02, Book Awards, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes
  • John Besh ’92, Outstanding Service: Restaurant August
  • Anthony Bourdain ’78, Television Program, on Location: The Mind of a Chef
  • Stuart Brioza ’98, Best Chef: West
  • Mario Carbone ’00, Best Chef: NYC
  • Andrew Chabot ’02, Outstanding Service: The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
  • Michael Cimarusti ’91, Best Chef: West
  • Greg Denton ’96, Best Chef: Northwest
  • José Enrique ’98, Best Chef: South
  • John Fleer ’91, Best Chef: Southeast
  • Eli Kaimeh ’00, Outstanding Restaurant: Per Se, NYC
  • Thomas Keller (CIA Trustee), Outstanding Restaurant: Per Se, NYC
  • Michael Mina ’89 (CIA Trustee), Outstanding Restaurateur
  • Sara Moulton ’77, Television Program, in Studio: Sara’s Weeknight Meals
  • Enrique Olvera ’97, Best New Restaurant: Cosme, NYC
  • Rajat Parr ’96, Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
  • Martín Rios ’96, Best Chef: Southwest
  • Jeremy Sewall ’92, Book Awards, American Cooking: The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes
  • Alon Shaya ’99, Best Chef: South
  • Rich Torrisi ’01, Best Chef: NYC
  • Michael Tusk ’89, Outstanding Service: Quince, San Francisco
  • Greg Vernick ’05, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Paul Virant ’94, Best Chef: Great Lakes
  • Cindy Wolf ’87, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Justin Yu ’05, Best Chef: Southwest

An amazing 78 CIA graduates were semifinalists this year. View the complete list.