18 James Beard Award-Winning RestaurantsBy Dan Entin | May 7, 2014 By Dan Entin | May 7, 2014
This year's James Beard Awards were basically business as usual - some expected winners, some upsets and lots of champagne-soaked after-parties. From the awards ceremony itself, there were a few welcome surprises - lots of female winners. The state of women in the restaurant world has been a hot topic over the past year, and the Beard Awards made sure to show their appreciation for female talent: April Bloomfield, Barbara Lynch, Nancy Silverton, Naomi Pomeroy, Sue Zemanick and Ashley Christensen all took home medals. Below, we highlight the winners of the night, from a San Francisco icon (The Slanted Door) to a hot newcomer (Chicago's Purple Pig). Read on for a look at the big winners from the 2014 James Beard Awards.