Together we can bring a James Beard Award to Des Moines! We want to see Des Moines continue to rise as a premiere culinary destination of the Midwest. 

Over the past six years, Chef Wilson and Proof restaurant has received many stories and accolades with these just being a few:

  • Time Magazine’s Best Chef Iowa 2016 & 2017

  • Restaurant Magazine’s Top 50 Chefs in America 2017

  • FlipKey by TripAdvisor - Dining in 50 States: Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For

  • TripAdvisor’s Top 50 to Travel To 2014 

  • Restaurant & Chef of the Year, 2012, Cityview’s Jim Duncan
    Chef Sean Wilson is a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist for "Best Chef" Midwest (2013, 2014, 2015) and we want 2019 to be OUR year to make it to be a finalist!

Click the vote button below to vote Chef Sean Wilson for the Best Chefs in America - Midwest category

Voting ends December 1st.  Lets put Iowa on the map!

Chef Wilson’s Background

Sean Wilson is a seasoned chef hailing from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he started his career at the age of 14 working in some of the country's best fish houses. Sean left the beach and in his travels attended the renowned New England Culinary Institute. Over the last decade Sean sought out and worked in kitchens spanning New York, Boston, Seattle, Spain, Vermont, and Northern California, rubbing elbows with chefs Todd English, Jonathan Sundstrom, Matt Frothingham, and Louise Dumhal along the way.

Chef Wilson and Des Moines

Sean Moved to Des Moines in the fall of 2006 and has worked at Andrew Meek's Sage, and took over the kitchen at Azalea in winter of 2008. 2012 marked the birth of Proof, Sean's own brain child. His pork-centric mentality was heavily influenced by southeastern flavors and technique, and brings a playful and sensible approach to new American, comfort foods from around the country to Des Moines.

“We, I, Proof, would love for you to cast a vote for myself, Sean Wilson, as the Best Chef in the Midwest”

We can think of no Chef in Des Moines who better fits the bill: Sean leads by example, regularly using his teaching background to show our staff not just how but why we do things the way we do. Our staff-family is his first priority, our guest the second. It would mean the world, not just to him, but to all of Proof, if this would be the year he took the James Beard Best Chef in the Midwest award.

Voting ends December 1st

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  • Enter Sean Wilson of Proof Restaurant along with the City & State (Des Moines, IA)

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Let's make 2019 our year to win!