- Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
- Anthony Chittum, Vermilion
- Haidar Karoum, Proof
- Peter Pastan, Obelisk
- Tom Power, Corduroy
- Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
José Andrés of Minibar was nominated for the Outstanding Chef award, taking company in greats like Tom Colicchio, Dan Barber, Stephan Pyles and Barbara Lynch.
The James Beard Award is touted as “the country’s most coveted honor for chefs”.