This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its annual chef, restaurant, and media awards. (These are the first awards since the Foundation declared it would make changes to its policies in order to increase diversity and representation.) Nominees from New York include Atomix and Frenchette for Best New Restaurant, Alex Raij and Eder Montero for Outstanding Restaurateur, and Daniela Soto-Innes for Best Chef: New York City. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Chicago on May 6; for now, check out the full list of finalists.
2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2018 that already demonstrates excellence in cuisine and hospitality, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
A pastry chef or baker who demonstrates exceptional skill, integrity, and character in the preparation of desserts, pastries, or breads served in a retail bakery. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Sofra Bakery and Café
Los Gatos, CA
Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Bar Program
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates exceptional care and skill in the selection, preparation, and serving of cocktails, spirits, and/or beer.
A chef who sets high culinary standards and who has served as a positive example for other food professionals. Must have been working as a chef for the past five years.
Los Gatos, CA
Outstanding Pastry Chef
A pastry chef or baker who demonstrates exceptional skill, integrity, and character in the preparation of desserts, pastries, or breads served in a restaurant. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Brothers and Sisters
A restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations. Must have been in business 10 or more consecutive years.
A restaurateur who demonstrates creativity in entrepreneurship and integrity in restaurant operations. Must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past five years.
Empire State South, Five & Ten, The National, and others
A restaurant in operation for five or more years that demonstrates consistency and exceptional thoughtfulness in hospitality and service.
Frasca Food and Wine
Swan Oyster Depot
Ann Arbor, MI
Outstanding Wine Program
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence in wine service through a carefully considered wine list and a well-informed approach to helping customers choose and drink wine.
Night + Market
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
A beer, wine, or spirits producer who demonstrates consistency and exceptional skill in his or her craft.
St. Helena, CA
Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell
High Wire Distilling Co.
Allagash Brewing Company
St. George Spirits
Rising Star Chef of the Year
A chef age 30 or younger who displays exceptional talent, character, and leadership ability, and who is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
Kith and Kin
Best Chefs in America
Chefs who set high culinary standards and also demonstrate integrity and admirable leadership skills in their respective regions. A nominee may be from any kind of dining establishment but must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Mi Tocaya Antojería
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
David Posey and Anna Posey
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
South Philly Barbacoa
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room
Kansas City, MO
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
San Juan, PR
Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Emmer & Rye
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Santa Monica, CA
2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Garden Grove, CA
Owners: Tong Trần and Liễu Trần
Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House
Owners: Jimmie Carder, Larry Tweel and Ron Tweel
A&A Bake & Double Roti Shop
Owners: Noel and Geeta Brown
Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Café
Owners: Matt and Shelly Sehnert
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
Owner: Paul Katinas
2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
The Giving Kitchen
Non-profit that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
2019 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Multiple James Beard Award-Winning Chef; Chef & Owner, The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA
2019 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
75 Seats and Under
Firms: Heliotrope Architects and Price Erickson Interior Design
Project: Willmott’s Ghost, Seattle
Firm: Roman & Williams
Project: La Mercerie, NYC
Firm: Studio Writers
Project: Atomix, NYC
76 Seats and Over
Firm: Land and Sea Dept.
Project: Lonesome Rose, Chicago
Firm: studio razavi architecture
Project: Boqueria, NYC
Firm: Parts and Labor Design
Project: Pacific Standard Time, Chicago
Other Eating and Drinking Places
Project: China Live, San Francisco
Firm: Schwartz and Architecture (S^A)
Project: El Pípila, San Francisco
Firm: Summer Ops
Project: Island Oyster, NYC