Bachelor Farmer chef Paul Berglund wins James Beard Award

- Chef Paul Berglund of the Bachelor Farmer in the North Loop is the winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef – Midwest.

“Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more,” the foundation says. “The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.”

The Bachelor Farmer is owned by Eric and Andrew Dayton, the sons of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

About Chef Berglund

Paul Berglund was born in St. Louis and attended the University of Michigan before serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He then began his culinary career at the acclaimed Oliveto restaurant in Oakland, Calif.. During his time there, he rose from line cook to chef de cuisine and gained a deep-rooted appreciation for simple and honest cooking. Paul and his wife relocated to Minneapolis in 2010 so that she could begin her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.

2016 winners

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Aaron Silverman, Rose's Luxury, Washington D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: Northeast
Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, NY

Best Chef: Northwest
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Best Chef: South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest
Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant
Shaya, New Orleans

Oustanding Baker
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

Outstanding Bar Program
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Chef
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant
Alinea, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ken Friedman, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café, NYC

Outstanding Service
Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern's Steakhouse, Tampa, FL

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, NYC

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