L’Etoile Chef is 2012 James Beard Award Winner

Chef Tory Miller, of Madison’s L’Etoile, has been named the James Beard Award 2012 Best Chef in the Midwest. Since 1976, L’Etoile has been showcasing the best of Wisconsin’s farmers and artisan producers, using traditional cooking methods. A leader in Madison’s farm-to-table movement, L’Etoile offers an ever-changing multi-course menu, as well as an extensive wine list from small-producers, and a Wisconsin Artisan cheese menu.

Founded in 1985 in honor of Jame Beard, famous cookbook author and teacher, The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to “celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future”.

Located on Capitol Square, L’Etoile is open Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-close and Friday-Saturday, 5pm-close.

Chef Tory Miller joins Jeni Britton of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus as representatives of the Big Ten in this year’s James Beard Awards!

View all of the 2012 James Beard Award winners.


About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.