Symon was in good company; Chef Zack Bruell was also nominated for Parallax. There was a total of 20 chefs vying for top honor, including a sizeable chunk from Chicago-area restaurants. Symon was nominated once before for this category in 2006.
According to the foundation, these awards are deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine. The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.
What an accomplishment for this incredibly talented chef (and all around good guy) who continues to make his city proud.