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LA Brings Home Three James Beard Awards

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Suzanne Goin, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and Dahlia Narvaez brought home the bacon

Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook at Chicago's Lyric Opera
Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook at Chicago's Lyric Opera
Matthew Kang

Los Angeles chefs won multiple categories at last night's James Beard Foundation Awards at Chicago's Lyric Opera theatre, including Suzanne Goin for Outstanding Chef, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo for Best Chef: West, and Dahlia Narvaez for Outstanding Pastry Chef. It's a major redemption for L.A., which came home with zero awards after last year's show (though Guelaguetza did bring back an America's Classics award).

Father Greg Boyle was also previously awarded the Humanitarian Award for his work at Homeboy Industries, and gave his acceptance speech last night.

In all, this year's James Beard Awards had a major sense that Los Angeles was back on the national culinary scene, as announcements for all four chefs were met with loud applause in the press room. Nationally known chefs like Ming Tsai personally congratulated Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, whose restaurants include Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny's, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, and Trois Mec (the latter three are operated in conjunction with Ludo Lefebvre).

Dahlia Narvaez, who was supported at the show by Osteria Mozza's Nancy Silverton as well as husband Chris Feldmeier (currently the chef at Moruno at the Original Farmer's Market), was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef for multiple years before finally winning the award against stiff competition. Narvaez helped created such iconic desserts as Pizzeria Mozza's butterscotch budino and caramel copetta.

Finally Suzanne Goin, who gave an emotional speech to end the entire evening's ceremonies, brought home the prized Outstanding Chef award. Goin was up against heavy hitters Sean Brock (whom many considered to be the favorite), Donald Link (New Orleans's Herbsaint), Michael Solomonov (Zahav), and Michael Tusk (Quince).

Goin's work at Lucques, as well as AOC and Tavern, was finally given the recognition it deserved. Lucques has continued to cook excellent, seasonal California-Mediterranean cuisine in West Hollywood for years, as Goin and her team (including partner Caroline Styne) continue to expand their own repertoire — even winning the concessions contract for the Hollywood Bowl.

Moruno

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Homeboy Industries

130 W Bruno Street, , CA 90012 (323) 526-1254 Visit Website

Trois Mec

716 North Highland Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 484-8588 Visit Website

Animal

435 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 782-9225 Visit Website

Osteria Mozza

6602 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90038 (323) 297-0100 Visit Website

Lucques

8474 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90069 (323) 655-6277 Visit Website

A.O.C.

8700 West 3rd Street, , CA 90048 (310) 859-9859 Visit Website

Son of a Gun

8370 West 3rd Street, , CA 90048 (323) 782-9033 Visit Website

Trois Familia

3510 Sunset Boulevard, , CA 90026 (323) 725-7800 Visit Website

Pizzeria Mozza

641 North Highland Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 297-0101 Visit Website

Ludobab

716 N Highland Ave,, Los Angels,, Los Angeles, CA (323) 484-8588 Visit Website

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