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FIG and Rodney Scott take home 2018 James Beard Awards

09 May 2018, 12:19 | Jermaine Blake

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Dolester Miles has been making desserts at Highlands Bar & Grill Bottega and Chez Fonfon for more than 30 years

The theme of this year's James Beard Awards is RISE, and it is meant to celebrate the collective spirit of our community and the power of food.

Spoon and Stable chef/owner owner Gavin Kaysen poses for a photo on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

It was a double-winning night for Highlands, too.

Willa Jean chef Kelly Fields was up for Outstanding Pastry Chef, which went to Dolester Miles of Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a previous James Beard victor, taking home the award for best chef in the southeast in 2014. The chef moved back to the Twin Cities after spending several years honing his skills in NY. At 27, she is an old hand at the nominations; she recieved a nod a year ago. Her current menu offers diners such dishes as a smoked bluefish salad with pickled celery and rye crackers, and chicken wings and Manila clams braised in sherry with leeks.

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Michel Suas and Belinda Leong, who operate b.patisserie in San Francisco, won the Outstanding Baker award.

The James Beard Foundation, which aims to promote food culture and honor chefs, announced the winners Monday evening at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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