FIG and Rodney Scott take home 2018 James Beard Awards

FIG and Rodney Scott take home 2018 James Beard Awards

Kaysen was a first-time Midwest nominee in the "Oscars of the food world".

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

Besides his work at Spoon and Stable, Kaysen is also the architect behind Wayzata's Bellecour. Ben Barker of Magnolia Grill won the same honor in 2000.

The top names in USA restaurants are gathering in Chicago today for the James Beard Awards, which will start this evening at the Lyric Opera House. Diane Yang of Spoon and Stable, was also a finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. At 27, she is an old hand at the nominations; she recieved a nod past year. She was a Top Chef New Orleans runner up, and together with husband Larry Miller runs the Warehouse District restaurant Compere Lapin, which has garnered accolades since opening in 2015.

The winners were announced during a gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago Monday evening. First up, the FIG team finally got the prize for Outstanding Wine Program. Or both, in the case of Miles and Compère Lapin's Nina Compton, this year's Best South Chef.

Cogswell took the title for Rising Star Chef of the Year during the ceremony, which was held in Chicago.