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2012 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Best Chefs in America Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Each candidate may be employed by any kind of dining establishment and must have been a working chef for at least the past 5 years.

The 3 most recent years must have been spent in the region where the chef is presently working. Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH) Bruce Sherman North Pond Chicago Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) Maricel Presilla Cucharamama Hoboken, NJ Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) Tory Miller L’Etoile Madison, WI Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs) Michael Anthony Gramercy Tavern Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT) Tim Cushman O Ya Boston