Corey Lee, SingleThread, and La Taqueria Win James Beard Nods

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Three New Orleans players won James Beard Awards Monday night in Chicago.

Milwaukee chef Justin Carlisle was again looked over for the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Midwest.

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If you recall, Seattle's own Edouardo Jordan, who just last week opened his second restaurant JuneBaby, was a finalist for Best Chef Northwest, as were Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint were nominated in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category, along with Cindy Wolf of Charleston in Baltimore.

Canlis, arguably Washington's most storied fine dining establishment, scored one of the biggest prizes in its illustrious 67 years, winning its first James Beard Award for "Outstanding Wine Program".

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Topolobampo was the second restaurant in a row from Chicago to win the top US restaurant award. Denise Cerreta (One World Everybody Eats) was named the JBF Humanitarian of the Year, and Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora) was given the coveted Lifetime Achievement award.

Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which is located in nearby Milton, Delaware, earned the Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional award. He was nominated for the top honor previous year but didn't win. Galatoire's won the national Outstanding Restaurant award in 2005 (full disclosure: John Georges, owner of the Advocate, is an owner of Galatoire's). The Rising Star Chef of the Year - which acknowledges an up-and-comer under the age of 30 was named Zachary Engel of Alon Shaya's Shaya in New Orleans (our 2015 Restaurant of the Year).

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