James Beard Award finalists 2017: Chicago scores!

James Beard Award finalists 2017: Chicago scores!
Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm (Boka Restaurant Group) are finalists for Outstanding Restaurateur.

The James Beard Awards return for the third time to the Lyric Opera House on May 1. And happily, many Chicago culinary stars and restaurants have been named as finalists.

And our nominees are:

Outstanding Baker category--Glenn Wade (Publican Quality Bread)

Outstanding restaurateur--Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz (Boka Restaurant Group)

Outstanding Restaurant--Topolobampo

Rising Star Chef--Jenner Tomaska (Next)

Best Chefs (Great Lakes)-- Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Parachute), Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde), Lee Bolen (Boka), Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria), Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice).

The James Beard Awards will be held in Chicago through 2021. For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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