Minneapolis chef named best in Midwest as James Beard Awards are conferred

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The James Beard Awards honor the best cuisine from across the country-they're known as the "Oscars of the Food World".

The top names in USA restaurants are gathering in Chicago today for the James Beard Awards, which will start this evening at the Lyric Opera House. Bay Area restaurants nominated for James Beard AwardsThe James Beard Foundation awards were handed out Monday night in Chicago and recognize the best in food, drink, wine, restaurant design, and food media in the United States.

Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable won the honor after being nominated in March, along with two other Minneapolis chefs, Steven Brown of Tilia and Ann Kim of Young Joni.

In addition to winning this award, Highlands pastry Chef Dolester Miles also took home the award for the Most Outstanding Pastry Chef. She parlayed her success into opening Compère Lapin in New Orleans in 2015, and, earlier this year, debuted a second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro.

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Hamilton also is a previous nominee, earning a nomination in the same top category a year ago.

The winners were announced during a gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago Monday evening. Highlands has been a finalist for the award for nine years in a row.

Camille Cogswell of Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia was named the rising star chef of the year.