July/August 2017 Publisher’s Letter
May was an exciting time in culinary as the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards descended upon Chicago, bringing with it a panoply of the country’s most talented and passionate chefs. Congratulations are in order for renowned Mexican cuisine Chef Rick Bayless, whose Topolobampo won the coveted title of 2017 Outstanding Restaurant. (Chef magazine picked Chef Bayless as a future star many years ago when he started his career.)
This national recognition is undoubtedly a satisfying result of endless hours of work and dedication to the craft. The awards—as well as the NRA Show this past May—push all American chefs to practice, take risks, and be hungry for more.
Dan von Rabenau