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  • The James Beard Awards honors outstanding names in the food and beverage industry

(CNN)What makes a restaurant the hottest destination in town?

Glowing Yelp reviews, Instagram-worthy presentation and high praise from critics and food bloggers go a long way. But among chefs and restaurateurs, nothing says you've made it like a James Beard Award.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation, named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring outstanding names in the food and beverage industry. There is no cash reward, but a win -- or even a nomination -- can substantially increase the buzz for business.
    Chef and restaurant winners were announced Monday night at Lyric Opera in Chicago. Here are some of the winners and honorees.
    Best New Restaurant
    Winner: Bâtard (New York City)
    Central Provisions (Portland, Maine)
    Cosme (New York City)
    Parachute (Chicago)
    Petit Trois (Los Angeles)
    The Progress (San Francisco)
    Spoon and Stable (Minneapolis)
    Outstanding Bar Program
    Bar Agricole (San Francisco)
    Maison Premiere (Brooklyn, New York)
    Trick Dog (San Francisco)
    Winner: The Violet Hour (Chicago)
    Outstanding Chef
    Winner: Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern, New York)
    Sean Brock, Husk (Charleston, South Carolina)
    Suzanne Goin, Lucques (Los Angeles)
    Donald Link, Herbsaint (New Orleans)
    Marc Vetri, Vetri (Philadelphia)
    Outstanding Pastry Chef
    Dana Cree, Blackbird (Chicago)
    Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles)
    Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel (New York City)
    Winner: Christina Tosi, Momofuku (New York City)
    Outstanding Baker
    Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston)
    Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst (Washington)
    Winner: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, (New York City)
    Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie (San Francisco)
    William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves (San Francisco)
    Outstanding Restaurant
    Winner: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
    Highlands Bar and Grill (Birmingham, Alabama)
    Momofuku Noodle Bar, (New York City)
    Per Se (New York City)
    The Spotted Pig (New York City)
    Outstanding Service
    Winner: The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
    Marea (New York City)
    Quince (San Francisco)
    Restaurant August (New Orleans)
    Topolobampo (Chicago)
    Outstanding Wine Program
    Winner: A16 (San Francisco)
    Bern's Steak House (Tampa, Florida)
    FIG (Charleston, South Carolina)
    McCrady's (Charleston, South Carolina)
    Spago (Beverly Hills)
    Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
    Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
    Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal (Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico)