The Nominees

Check out who made the cut to be a nominee in the 2017 Tasty Awards — and discover the winners at the live awards show on September 8!


New Chef: East

  • Greg Baxtrom, Olmsted (Brooklyn)
  • Camille Becerra, De Maria (New York)
  • Camille Cogswell, Zahav (Philadelphia)
  • Jonah Reider, Pith (New York)
  • Daniel Rose, Le Coucou (New York)


New Chef: South

  • Nina Compton, Compère Lapin (New Orleans)
  • Brad Kilgore, Alter (Miami)
  • Ryan Lachaine, Riel (Houston)
  • Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint (New Orleans)
  • Justin Yu, Better Luck Tomorrow (Houston)


New Chef: West

  • Peter Cho, Han Oak (Portland)
  • Edouardo Jordan, Salare (Seattle)
  • Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (LA)
  • Johnny Lee, Side Chick (California)
  • Pretti Mistry, Navi Kitchen, Juhu Beach Club (San Francisco)


New Chef: North

  • Michael Gallina, Vicia (St. Louis)
  • Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde (Chicago)
  • Ann Kim, Young Joni (Minneapolis)
  • David Posey, Elske (Chicago)
  • Jason Vincent, Giant (Chicago)


Outstanding Chef

  • Dan Barber, Blue Hill (New York)
  • Roy Choi and Dan Patterson (Oakland)
  • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn (San Francisco)
  • Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad (New. York)
  • Alice Waters, Chez Panisse (Berkeley)


New Restaurant: East

  • ATLA (New York)
  • Lilia (Brooklyn)
  • Juliet (Boston)
  • Nina June (Rockport, ME)
  • Res Ipsa (Philadelphia)


New Restaurant: South

  • Bastion (Nashville)
  • Kemuri Tatsu-Ya (Austin)
  • McCrady's Tavern (Charleston)
  • Pineapple and Pearls (Washington, DC)
  • Q by Peter Chang (Bethesda, MD)


New Restaurant: West

  • Destroyer (Los Angeles)
  • Felix (Los Angeles)
  • In Situ (San Francisco)
  • JuneBaby (Seattle)
  • Tusk (Portland)


New Restaurant: North

  • Elske (Chicago)
  • Grand Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Lady of the House (Detroit)
  • Mi Tocaya Antojería (Chicago)
  • Young Joni (Minneapolis) 



  • Blackbird (Chicago)
  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York)
  • Del Posto (New York)
  • Manresa (Los Gatos, CA)
  • Providence (Los Angeles)

Pastry Chef

  • Roger Gural, Arcade Bakery (New York)
  • Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel (New York)
  • Elisabeth Prueitt, Tartine (San Francisco)
  • Zak Stern, Zak the Baker (Miami)


Bar Program

  • Columbia Room (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lost Lake (Chicago)
  • Midnight Rambler (Dallas)
  • Nitecap (New York)
  • Trick Dog (San Francisco)



  • Alinea (Chicago)
  • Aska (Brooklyn)
  • Been (San Francisco)
  • Le Coucou (New York)
  • The Grill (New York)




  • Candy is Magic by Jami Curl
  • On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox & Noah Galuten
  • Salad For President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
  • Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, With Recipes by Ronni Lundy

Food Literature Book

  • Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
  • Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman
  • Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future by Rob Dunn
  • Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge
  • Wine. All The Time by Marissa Ross


Food television show

  • Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
  • Dead Set On Life
  • Driven by Food
  • Huang's World
  • Samurai Gourmet


Web video or series

  • Byron Talbott
  • Cooking in America
  • Hot Ones (First We Feast)
  • Our Heart Within Us (The Perennial Plate)
  • The Food Lab



  • Clare Barboza (
  • Christopher Boffoli (
  • Chris Court (
  • Maciek Jasik (
  • Evan Sung ( 


Radio Show or Podcast

  • Bite - Tom Philpott, Kiera Butler, and Maddie Oatman for Mother Jones
  • Good Food - Evan Kleiman for KCRW
  • Speaking Broadly - Dana Cowin for Heritage Radio
  • The Super Amazing Restaurant Show - Alvin Cailan, Naked & Arjun Mahendro
  • The Racist Sandwich - Soleil Ho, Zahir Janmohamed & Juan Diego Ramirez


Magazine or Zine

  • Cherry Bombe
  • Gather Journal
  • Lucky Peach
  • Milk Street Magazine
  • The Cleaver Quarterly 


Online Media Website

  • Eater (
  • First We Feast (
  • Munchies (
  • New York Times Cooking (
  • The New Food Economy (


Culinary Blog

  • Dine x Design, Kristin Guy
  • Husbands That Cook, Adam Merrin & Ryan Alvarez
  • The Food Lab on Serious Eats, J. Kenji López-Alt
  • Two For The Bar, Talia Kleinplatz
  • Wild Greens and Sardines, Linda Schneider 


Magazine / Newspaper article

  • "A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor" by Tejal Rao for the New York Times
  • "Bernard Baff and the Kosher Killers" by Tove Danovich for Lucky Peach
  • "Feeding the prison system: Some inmates buy way around institutional cooking" by Hanna Raskin for The Post and Courier
  • "Journey to the Home of Korea's Mother Sauces" by Matt Rodbard for Saveur
  • "The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America" by Nick Paumgarten for the New Yorker


Restaurant review

  • "Founding Fathers review: Zero stars for the mega-popular D.C. eatery" by Tom Sietsema for The Washington Post
  • "Is The World Ready For the Austere Beauty of Günter Seeger?" by Bill Addison for Eater
  • "Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America" by Tina Nguyen for vanity Fair
  • "The Crushing Disappointment of L'Arpège" by Ryan Sutton for Eater
  • "Union Square Cafe Returns, With More Than a Dash of Déja Vu" by Pete Wells for the New York Times 



  • Beyond Meat 
  • Farmer's Fridge
  • Habit
  • Impossible Foods
  • Modern Meadow



  • Heritage Radio Network
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Pilot Light
  • The Melting Pot Foundation
  • The Patachou Foundation

Environmental, Agricultural, or Sustainable Innovation

  • L.A. Kitchen
  • MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
  • Saltwater Brewery
  • Seafood Watch, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Square Roots

Academic Institution or Organization

  • Brigaid
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Journee
  • SF Cooking School
  • Southern Foodways Alliance