It’s that time of year again: Tonight, some of the country’s most talented chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, and other food people gathered in Chicago for the James Beard Awards. Among this year’s winners was Tribeca’s own Frenchette in the Best New Restaurant category; together, Rita Sodi and Jody Williams of Via Carota won the regional award for Best Chef: New York City; and design firm Studio Writers took home the award for 75 seats and under for its work on Atomix. See a complete list of all the winners below.
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.
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.
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.
A restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations. Must have been in business ten 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 ten years. Must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past five years.
A restaurant in operation for five or more years that demonstrates consistency and exceptional thoughtfulness in hospitality and service.
Frasca Food and Wine
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.
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
A beer, wine, or spirits producer who demonstrates consistency and exceptional skill in his or her craft.
Allagash Brewing Company
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)
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
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)
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
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
Nonprofit 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
Firm: Studio Writers
Project: Atomix, NYC
76 Seats and Over
Firm: Parts and Labor Design
Project: Pacific Standard Time, Chicago
Other Eating and Drinking Places
Firm: Schwartz and Architecture (S^A)
Project: El Pípila, San Francisco