Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

Third Time’s a Charm for STL’s Newest James Beard Winner

James Beard Foundation Honors Chef Kevin Nashan

St. Louis, MO/May 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always an honor for the whole St. Louis community when one of our own receives national recognition.  And so, it is with no small amount of pride that we report that Chef Kevin Nashan is the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Midwest Award winner for 2017.  The winners were announced at a gala at Chicago’s Lyric Opera Monday night.  It was Nashan’s third trip to the finals.  He was a finalist in 2014 and 2016 as well. Nashan is the owner and Executive Chef of two acclaimed Benton Park restaurants, Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street) and Peacemaker Lobster and Crab (1831 Sidney Street) in South St. Louis.  The award is in recognition of his work at Sidney Street Cafe.

This year, both Nashan and Farmhaus’ Kevin Willmann were repeat finalists.  Nashan is the second St. Louis chef to win JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award.  In 2015, Gerard Craft (Niche, Pastaria, Sardella) won the JBF Best Chef: Midwest Award for his work at the now-closed Niche.  Craft was the first chef in the city to win.  Once a chef has won the Best Chef award for their region, they aren’t eligible to compete for the award again.  Only time will tell if Willmann will follow in Craft’s and Nashan’s footsteps.

In January of this year, the James Beard Foundation also honored Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Ave, St. Louis) with a 2017 America’s Classics Award.  This JBF award recognizes regional restaurants distinguished by their timeless appeal, and quality food that reflects the character of their communities.

A peek at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera, Chicago, May 1st.  Many consider the awards to be “the Oscars” of the hospitality industry.

The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to inspire and encourage the restaurants, chefs and other food and hospitality industry innovators who are bringing America’s diverse food culture to tables across the country.  The JBF Awards were established in 1990 to acknowledge culinary achievements.  The awards are regarded as one of the very highest levels of recognition in the culinary industry.  And it is with that in mind that we at STL Restaurant News offer our heartfelt congratulations to Kevin Nashan for his high achievement.

See a full list of this year’s James Beard Foundation Award winners here: https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/the-2017-james-beard-award-winners

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