March 16, 2016

28 CIA Grads Earn James Beard Nominations


More than two dozen CIA graduates have been nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards for 2016. Nominations were announced on March 15 for awards in chef, restaurant, service, wine, broadcast, journalism, and cookbook categories, and 28 graduates are among the finalists.

Nominated CIA Grads:

  • Matthew Accarrino ’98, Best Chef: West
  • Grant Achatz ’94, Outstanding Restaurant: Alinea, Chicago (chef/owner)
  • Carlos Arciniega ’14 (Bachelor’s), Outstanding Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC (sous chef)
  • Anthony Bourdain ’78, Best Television Program, On Location (producer)
  • Mario Carbone ’00, Best Chef: New York
  • Michael Cimarusti ’91, Best Chef: West
  • Abraham Conlon ’01, Best Chef: Great Lakes
  • Patrick Curran ’09 (Bachelor’s), Outstanding Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC (chef de cuisine)
  • Greg Denton ’96, Best Chef: Northwest
  • Jose Enrique ’98, Best Chef: South
  • Eli Kulp ’05, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Francis Lam ’03 (two nominations), Journalism Awards: Best Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication and Best Profile
  • Carlo Lamagna ’08, Outstanding Bar Program: Clyde Common, Portland, OR (executive chef)
  • Christine Langelier ’12, (Bachelor’s), Outstanding Service: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY (assistant general manager)
  • Steve McHugh ’97, Best Chef: Southwest
  • Michael Mina ’89, Outstanding Restaurateur
  • Kevin Nashan ’98, Best Chef: Midwest
  • Grae Nonas ’08, Rising Star of the Year
  • John Schafer ’09, Outstanding Restaurant: Alinea, Chicago (general manager/director of service)
  • Alon Shaya ’99, Best New Restaurant: Shaya, New Orleans (chef)
  • Ryan Smith ’00, Best New Restaurant: Staplehouse, Atlanta (executive chef)
  • Alex Stupak ’00, Cookbook: Single Subject
  • Rich Torrisi ’01 (Bachelor’s), Best Chef: New York
  • Michael Tusk ’89 (two nominations), Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Service: Quince, San Francisco (executive chef/owner)
  • Greg Vernick ’05, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Cindy Wolf ’87, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Justin Yu ’05, Best Chef: Southwest

CIA Grad Semifinalists

Prior to the announcement of nominees, the James Beard Foundation released the names of semifinalists in the chef and restaurant categories. Seventy-five CIA grads made that initial list. Winners of the James Beard Foundation awards—among the most prestigious in the food world—will be announced on April 26, 2016 in New York City for books and media and May 2, 2016 in Chicago for restaurants and chefs.