Not Garrelts’ year. Tory Miller is named Best Chef: Midwest at the James Beard Awards
Graham Elliot didn’t storm the stage. Andrew Zimmern still believes that chef Colby Garrelts is overdue. And at the end of the night in New York City, Garrelts was once again going home without a James Beard award.
The Kansas City chef, who owns and operates Bluestem with wife, Megan Garrelts (the restaurant’s pastry chef), has been a finalist in the Best Chef: Midwest category for the past five years. But when the winner was announced, it was Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin (here’s his recipe for apple brown betty with maple-bacon frozen custard). A complete list of the winners can be found here.