The James Beard Awards are a bit like the food Oscars for American restaurants. The awards aim to highlight the best food, drink, and big ideas in the culinary world and this year’s list of winners make up a stellar cast of fantastic food, amazing alcohol, and beautiful baked goods.
So without any more flourishes or hyperbole, here are the 2017 James Beard Award winners from across America.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT: LE COUCOU — NYC
Le Coucou in New York made a huge splash on when it opened last year. Chef Daniel Rose left behind Paris and Los Angeles to open a French eatery for the ages with famed restaurateur Stephen Starr (more on him later). James Beard took note and now it’s been deemed the best new restaurant “likely to make a significant impact in years to come.”