The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America features only the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Chosen from all across the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each is recognized by culinary peers as showing remarkable talent and achievement.
In May the James Beard Foundation will induct the 2014 winners of the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. “These four influential chefs and two talented journalists are considered the best of the best in our culinary world,” according to Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “They join a prestigious group of over 200 people who have made a significant impact in how Americans think about food:”
- Edward Behr, Food writer, Vermont
- John Besh, Chef and Restaurateur, New Orleans, LA
- David Chang, Momofuku Restaurant Group, NYC
- Barry Estabrook, Writer, Vermont
- Paul Kahan, Executive Chef and Partner, Chicago
- Sherry Yard, Pastry Chef, Cookbook Author
Paul Kahan, nationally recognized as the face of Chicago chefs, is passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative, and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine. He has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, and most recently Nico Osteria. Awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef: Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.
A Chicagoan through and through, Kahan grew up around food. His father owned a delicatessen and a smokehouse, and “when I wanted to make a buck,” says Kahan. “I would help my dad take the fish out of the brine, hang them on the racks, and wheel them into the smokehouse.”
Congratulations, Chef Paul!