Birmingham’s Dolester Miles wins James Beard award for outstanding pastry chef

Birmingham, Alabama, James Beard, Dolester Miles
Photo via Osayi Endolyn, @osayiendolyn , Twitter

She did it! Congratulations, Chef Dolester Miles! The dessert master at Highlands Bar and Grill for more than 35 years is the most outstanding pastry chef in America. We are so proud of you.

We Knew It!

You’ve eaten her coconut cake, her pot de crèmes, her lemon tarts, oh so many truly unforgettable desserts. Miles is a true culinary gem. Did you know she was also a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2017?

Birmingham, Alabama, coconut cake, Dolester Miles, Highlands
The best coconut cake in America, believe that. All the regulars at Highlands Bar and Grill, Chez Fonfon, Bottega, and Bottega Café know it. Photo submitted.

Five Points
Highland’s Bar and Grill. Via-
James Beard. Represent.

Birmingham is well represented on the 2018 list of James Beard semifinalists, y’all.

Atomic Lounge Birmingham
Atomic Lounge owners Rachael Roberts and Feizal Valli

Described as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards were established in 1990 by the James Beard Foundation to “recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.”

Other finalists included newcomer Atomic Lounge for the Outstanding Bar Program and Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood for Best Chef: South category.

Awards In Real Time

Highlands Bar and Grill is up for Outstanding Restaurant, and the winner has not been announced yet! Stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated. Y’all, I can’t even.


Highlands has been named a semifinalist for ten consecutive years, so this would be a huge win for Birmingham. We all know that Highlands, Frank Stiff and Dolester Miles deserve all the accolades they can get.

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