James Beard Award Finalists Include Sustainable Seafood Champions
Each year, the James Beard Foundation honors the nation’s top culinary professionals. We’re proud to see so many Seafood Watch champions among the 2015 finalists. It’s a strong reminder that great chefs are creating memorable dishes across the country, using ingredients that preserve the health of the soil, streams and oceans.
We’re especially thrilled that the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s culinary partner, Cindy Pawlcyn, is a finalist for Best Restaurateur of 2015.
Five other chefs who serve with Cindy on our Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force are also Beard Award finalists, including:
- Michael Cimarusti, Providence L.A., Best Chef in the West
- Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region
- Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Best Restaurant Service; and Best Podcast
- Michel Nischan, a past Chef of the Year at Cooking for Solutions, who will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year for his work with the Wholesome Wave Foundation
- Blaine Wetzel, Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Best Chef in the Northwest
In addition, Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles - whom we honored at Cooking for Solutions as Chef of the Year for her commitment to sustainability - is a Beard Award finalist as Chef of the Year.
Award recipients will be announced in Chicago on May 4, in ceremonies hosted by Alton Brown, whom we honored at Cooking for Solutions as Educator of the Year.
Regardless of who takes home the James Beard Awards, for us these chefs are champions all year long!