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Los Angeles chefs win big at 2016 James Beard Awards

In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
A plate of slow roasted lamb with chickpeas, black olives and feta salsa verde prepared by Lucques chef Suzanne Goin is on display during food and wine event at Lucques in preperation of 17th annual SAG Awards on January 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
Food prepared by Lucques chef Suzanne Goin which will be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards is displayed along with Gallo wines, Champagne Tattinger and Fiji water during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
A plate of beluga lentils with carrots, pinenuts and feta chees prepared by Lucques chef Suzanne Goin is on display during food and wine event at Lucques in preperation of 17th annual SAG Awards on January 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
Lucques chef Suzanne Goin prepares a vegan plate in the kitchen of her restaurant Lucques to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
Chef Dahlia Narvaez at An Evening of Food & Fotos LA For Foundation Rwandaat The Paley Center for Media on April 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Narvaez has won a 2016 James Beard award for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
Jon Shook prepares food during 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Vagabond Restaurant & Bar on February 25, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal in Los Angeles have won a 2016 James Beard award for Best Chef in the West.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
This April 29, 2011 photo shows chef Vinny Dotolo, center, of Animal and Son of a Gun restaurants in Los Angeles, as he prepares a rib dish for the JBF LTD pop-up restaurant in New York, while chef Jon Shook, far left, looks on.
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In this file photo, Lucques chef Suzanne Goin holds a vegan plate which she prepared and to be served at the 19th annual SAG Awards during food and wine tasting event at Lucques Restaurant on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Goin has won a 2016 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Together with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due.
Jesuit Priest Father Greg Boyle poses outside the 'Jobs for a Future' employment center he runs for Latino gang members who want out of a life of crime and gangs in this December 2000 file photo taken in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Boyle has been recognized with a 2016 James Beard award as Humanitarian of the Year.
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Chef Suzanne Goin took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards, and Chicago mainstay Alinea won the outstanding restaurant honor at a ceremony many consider the Academy Awards of the culinary world.

Goin's win comes after several nominations.

"Can I just say, hallelujah, thank God!" she shouted after receiving her medal. She told her staff: "Everyone pop open a bottle of Champagne. It happened."

Goin's current menu at Luques has a California-fresh feel, featuring dishes such as ricotta gnocchi with morels, carrot purée and black truffle butter, and halved asparagus and garden greens with anchovy, black olives, pecorino and walnuts.

Paired with Dahlia Narvaez's win for her work as pastry chef at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, Goin's victory is a sign West Coast culinary work is earning its due from an awards ceremony that for 24 years was based in New York. The Beard Awards moved to Chicago last year. The host was Carla Hall, co-host of the television show "The Chew" and former "Top Chef" contestant.

For Alinea, it's the first outstanding restaurant win. Its chef, Grant Achatz, won the outstanding chef award in 2008 and has earned other honors from the Beard Foundation over the years but never the top prize.

Achatz's ultramodern cooking style has come to define the molecular gastronomy movement. He thanked his staff during the awards Monday night at Chicago's Lyric Opera for trusting him, having courage and "taking the risk to innovate."

This year's best new restaurant honor went to Shaya in New Orleans, which serves modern Israeli food. The outstanding baker award went to Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston. Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida, won outstanding wine program, and Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, won the award for outstanding wine, beer or spirits professional.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson credited the geographic diversity of this year's winners to chefs' ability to communicate better using social media.

"What you're seeing tonight is an evolution of the last 15 years," said Samuelsson, who was added to the BeardFoundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America along with author Temple Grandin, among other inductees.

This year's outstanding restaurateur award went to Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and Tosca Cafe in New York. The foundation's lifetime achievement award went to Leah Chase, known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine at Dooky Case's Restaurant in New Orleans.

Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, New York, won outstanding bar program while the outstanding service award went to Eleven Madison Park in New York. This year's Rising Star Chef was Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme in New York.

2016 James Beard award winners

National restaurant and chef awards

Best New Restaurant

Shaya in New Orleans

Outstanding Baker

Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston

Outstanding Bar Program

Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, New York

Outstanding Chef

Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Dahlia Narvaez of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant

Alinea in Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and Tosca Cafe in New York

Outstanding Service

Eleven Madison Park in New York

Outstanding Wine Program

Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional

Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme in New York

Restaurant design awards

75 Seats and Under

Tie...

Firm: Demian Repucci Design
Designer: Demian Repucci
Project: Bruno, New York

...and...

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Designers: Renzo Piano Building Workshops in collaboration with Cooper Robertson and Bentel and Bentel
Project: Untitled, New York

76 Seats and Over

Design Firm: Land and Sea Dept.
Designers: Mode Carpentry, Land and Sea Dept. (Robert McAdams, Jon Martin, Peter Toalson and Cody Hudson)
Project: Cherry Circle Room, Chicago

Regional chef awards

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)

Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, New York

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

America’s Classics

Al Ameer Restaurant, Dearborn, Michigan

Owners: Khalil Ammar and Zaki Hashem

Brooks’ House of BBQ, Oneonta, New York

Owners: Beth and Ryan Brooks

Bully’s Restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi

Owners: Greta Brown Bully and Tyrone Bully

Matt’s Place Drive-In, Butte, Montana

Owners: Robin and Brad Cockhill

Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, Chimayo, New Mexico

Owner: Florence Jaramillo

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America

Gina Gallo

Winemaker of Sonoma, California

Jim Lahey

Baker and proprietor of New York

Ed Levine

Author and founder of Serious Eats in New York

Temple Grandin

Author and animal rights activist of Fort Collins, Colorado

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef and restaurateur of New York

Humanitarian of the Year

Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles

Lifetime Achievement Award

Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans