The James Beard Awards winners were announced on May 6th, and Greg Wade, from Publican Quality Bread (Chicago), won the Outstanding Baker award. 

The nominees were announced on March 27th.

The origin of Publican Quality Bread traces back to 2012, when delegated staff baked breads and other goods during off hours in the kitchen at The Publican, a notable Chicago restaurant that perfectly evokes the sentiment of “rustic elegance.” Its cuisine is hearty, farmhouse-inspired fare, with rustic—yet refined—breads to match.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to "celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone."

Click here to see a list of all the James Beard Awards winners.

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