The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring the 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, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.
Chef and restaurant winners are being announced on Monday, May 5 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and Journalism, Books and Broadcast were announced Friday, May 2 at Gotham Hall in New York City.
We'll be updating all the chef and restaurant nominees below as the winners are revealed. Explore the gallery above for pictures and color from last year's awards.
Robert De Niro makes a cameo in the James Beard press room, celebrating Sirio Maccioni's Lifetime Achievement award.
Outstanding Bar Program
Leo Robitschek and Will Guidara of The NoMad share some ham in the press room.
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Andy Chabot of Blackberry Farm
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Best Chef: Great Lakes
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Best Chef: Midwest
Best Chef: Northeast
Best Chef: Northwest
Naomi Pomeroy beasts it in the press room after her win.
April Bloomfield wins Best Chef NYC.
Best Chef: South
Best Chef: Southeast
Best Chef: Southwest
Best Chef: West
Aaaaand Eatocracy got to hang out with Questlove, which we take as a James Beard win, too.
Editor's note: Eatocracy Editor Kat Kinsman is the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, the group that oversees the journalism category's awards. These awards are entirely separate from the restaurant awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.