James Beard Awards 2016: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

April 29, 2016

The James Beard Awards, considered the highest honor among restaurant and culinary professionals, will be handed out on Monday during a ceremony in the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here now, a look at who Eater’s local and national editors think should win in each category and a data-driven analysis of who Eater thinks will wind up taking those pretty medals home.

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Some observations before revealing the picks: There are several repeats from last year’s endorsements, both from a national and a regional perspective. The Beard committee tends to nominate people more than…