Spend any time traveling to a major city and you're going to see various tour guides touting restaurants, bars, and venues of those respective cities. If you're one to enjoy fine dining--a 'top rated' restaurant wouldn't be complete without a list of awards and recognition for said establishment.

Here in Boise, we're home to many favorites but now, for the first time in Idaho, one local Chef can say he has done what no Idahoan has yet to do: bring home a James Beard Award. One of America's most prestigious awards for culinary art and innovation has been brought home by Boise's own Kris Komori of KIN in downtown Boise.

The award was in 'Best Chef' category--and he was chosen among all nominated chefs in the Mountain Region, which includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

Before Kin was even officially open and in the midst of COVID-19, the restaurant and their staff allowed the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage to hold a virtual cookie-season kick-off event! Pictured below is Boise's Mateo, Operations Manager of Kin Michelle Kwak, and Boise City Councilwoman Holli Woodings.

Credit: Mateo, 103.5 KISS FM
Credit: Mateo, 103.5 KISS FM

It didn't take long for word to get out that this popular and upscale Boise restaurant's own chef was honored. Here's a sample of what Boise residents had to say online: 





Also nominated for a James Beard award was Boise chef and staple, Dan Ansotegui. Take a look inside of his downtown Boise restaurant and catering company, Ansots, below:

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