Connect With Us Connect With Us Newsletter Connect with us
 

Jonathan Waxman: Best Chef New York City, James Beard 2013 Nominee

A chef credited with trailblazing the New American cuisine movement in New York City, Jonathan Waxman has long been regarded as one of the country’s most inspiring chefs.

jonathan waxman

Jonathan Waxman

The California native transitioned from professional trombone playing to cooking in the 1970s, attending La Varenne Cooking School in Paris before landing in Alice Waters’ kitchen at Chez Panisse. Waxman went on to open Michael’s in Los Angeles, then the lauded restaurant Jams on New York City’s Upper East Side in 1984. His current NYC restaurant, Barbuto, is a West Village favorite for simple, expertly executed Italian fare, such as gnocchi with baby carrots, sunchokes and Parmesan, as well as his signature JW roast chicken with salsa verde. Thanks to connections made at his restaurants and through years of consulting, Waxman has become a highly valued mentor to an enormous network of chefs, from Little Owl‘s Joey Campanaro to Mesa Grill‘s Bobby Flay. He is also the author of two cookbooks, Italian, My Way and A Great American Cook. This is his first nomination for a James Beard Foundation Award.

This chef profile is part of a series we’re running as part of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards and Gala, commonly referred to as the “Oscars of the food world.” Winners will be announced on Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. For more information, see our introductory story.

Popular Buys

Popular Reads

  • One If By Land, Two If By Sea

    New York City's Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

    Read More
  • 10 Things Every Visitor Needs to Know Before Coming to NYC (Photo: Jim Pennucci/Flickr CC)

    10 Things Every Visitor Needs to Know Before Coming to NYC

    Read More
  • 10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Read More
  • New York Exposed

    7 New York City Tours You've Never Taken — But Should

    Read More
  • ‘Wolf Hall’ will be presented on Broadway in two parts (Photo: Johan Persson)

    The 16 Most Anticipated Broadway Shows for Spring 2015

    Read More