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These Are the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Finalists, 2024

The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for this 365 days’s Restaurant and Chef awards all over a stay ceremony in Washington, DC, on April 3. Nominations went to the Senegalese tasting menu characteristic Dakar NOLA for Only Current Restaurant in conjunction with Gregory Gourdet of Portland Haitian restaurant Kann for Only Chef: Northwest and Pacific—each and every regarded on Bon Appétit’s list of the Only Current Restaurants of 2023.

This list used to be whittled down from the inspiration’s semifinalists, announced on January 24. Despite the truth that the inspiration has confronted its impartial portion of controversy and criticism over the last several years, its awards are level-headed conception to be regarded as one of the smash honors within the food world. Winning a James Beard Award can transform a chef’s occupation.

Chef Sujan Sarkar of Chicago’s Indienne used to be nominated for Only Chef: Immense Lakes. Indienne also regarded on Bon Appétit’s list of the Only Current Restaurants of 2023. Bon Appétit favorites Jeremy Salamon of the buzzy Eastern European restaurant Agi’s Counter in Brooklyn, and Jake Stevens of Maine pasta licensed Leeward, obtained nominations for Only Chef in Current York Articulate and the Northeast, respectively. Gusto Bread, in Long Sea creep, California, regarded as some of the bright bakeries within the nation, also obtained a nomination for Eminent Bakery.

This 365 days, the James Beard Foundation introduced novel classes for its “Leadership” awards—geared toward honoring of us advancing disorders central to the foundation’s protection agenda; fairness, sustainability, and change tradition and practices. Unlike the Restaurant and Chef awards, the honorees for the Leadership awards were announced on the present time. Among the many awardees used to be the California farmer Mai Nguyen, known for his or her work making farming extra various and sustainable. This 365 days’s Lifetime Achievement award known the prolific creator, magazine editor, and susceptible restaurant critic Ruth Reichl.

Read the elephantine list of finalists, and take a look at again on June 10th for the list of winners.

Only Current Restaurant

  • Bar Bacetto, Waitsburg, WA
  • Barbs-B-Q, Lockhart, TX
  • Chez Noir, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Comfort Kitchen, Dorchester, MA
  • Dakar NOLA, Current Orleans, LA
  • Hayward, McMinnville, OR
  • Kaya, Orlando, FL
  • Kisser, Nashville, TN
  • Oro by Nixta, Minneapolis, MN
  • Shan, Bozeman, MT

Emerging Chef

  • Fariyal Abdullahi, Hav & Mar, Current York, NY
  • Janet Becerra, Pancita, Seattle, WA
  • Nikko Cagalanan, Kultura, Charleston, SC
  • Ryan Fernandez, Southern Junction, Buffalo, NY
  • Masako Morishita, Perry’s, Washington, DC

Eminent Hospitality

  • Crawford and Son, Raleigh, NC
  • Gemma, Dallas, TX
  • Lula Cafe, Chicago, IL
  • Melba’s, Current York, NY
  • Woodford Food & Beverage, Portland, ME

Eminent Wine and Beverage Program

  • Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Columbia, SC
  • The Morris, San Francisco, CA
  • Strong Water Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
  • Tail Up Goat, Washington, DC
  • Waxlight Bar à Vin, Buffalo, NY

Eminent Bar

  • Barr Hill Cocktail Bar, Montpelier, VT
  • Clavel Mezcaleria, Baltimore, MD
  • Jewel of the South, Current Orleans, LA
  • Las Ramblas, Brownsville, TX
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA

Eminent Pastry Chef or Baker

  • Susan Bae, Moon Rabbit, Washington, DC
  • Jesus Brazon and Manuel Brazon, Caracas Bakery, Doral and Miami, FL
  • Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery, Portland, ME
  • Crystal Kass, Valentine, Phoenix, AZ
  • Anna Posey, Elske, Chicago, IL

Eminent Bakery

  • The Burque Bakehouse, Albuquerque, NM
  • Gusto Bread, Long Sea creep, CA
  • JinJu Patisserie, Portland, OR
  • Mel the Bakery, Hudson, NY
  • ZU Bakery, Portland, ME

Eminent Restaurateur

  • Mamba Hamissi and Nadia Nijimbere, Baobab Fare, Detroit, MI
  • Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham, Phở Bắc Súp Shop, Phởcific Unique Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA
  • Chris Viaud, Greenleaf, Ansanm, and Pavilion, Milford and Wolfeboro, NH
  • Hollis Wells Silverman, Eastern Level Collective (The Duck & The Peach, La Collina, The Wells, and others), Washington, DC
  • Erika Whitaker and Kelly Whitaker, ID EST (The Wolf’s Tailor, BRUTØ, Basta, and others), Boulder, CO

Only Chef: Immense Lakes

  • Vinnie Cimino, Cordelia, Cleveland, OH
  • Jose Salazar, Mita’s, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sujan Sarkar, Indienne, Chicago, IL
  • Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson, MI
  • Jenner Tomaska, Esmé, Chicago, IL

Only Chef: Mid-Atlantic

  • Tony Conte, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, Darnestown, MD
  • Jesse Ito, Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Philadelphia, PA
  • Matt Kern, One Coastal, Fenwick Island, DE
  • Harley Peet, Bas Rouge, Easton, MD
  • Kevin Tien, Moon Rabbit, Washington, DC

Only Chef: Midwest

  • Ann Ahmed, Khâluna, Minneapolis, MN
  • Rob Connoley, Bulrush, St. Louis, MO
  • Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Ceremony, EsterEv, Milwaukee, WI
  • Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tim Nicholson, The Boiler Room, Omaha, NE

Only Chef: Mountains

  • Brandon Cunningham, Social Haus, Greenough, MT
  • Ali Sabbah, Mazza Cafe, Salt Lake Metropolis, UT
  • Matt Vawter, Rootstalk, Breckenridge, CO
  • Penelope Wong, Yuan Wonton, Denver, CO
  • Slash Zocco, Metropolis Hill, Salt Lake Metropolis, UT

Only Chef: Current York Articulate

  • Nasim Alikhani, Sofreh, Brooklyn, NY
  • Atsushi Kono, Kono, Current York, NY
  • Chris Mauricio, Harana Market, Accord, NY
  • Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jeremy Salamon, Agi’s Counter, Brooklyn, NY

Only Chef: Northeast

  • Conor Dennehy, Talulla, Cambridge, MA
  • Maria Meza, Dolores, Windfall, RI
  • David Standridge, The Shipwright’s Daughter, Mystic, CT
  • Jake Stevens, Leeward, Portland, ME
  • Cara Tobin, Honey Avenue, Burlington, VT

Only Chef: Northwest & Pacific

  • Avery Adams, Matia Kitchen, Orcas Island, WA
  • Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle, WA
  • Josh Dorcak, MÄS, Ashland, OR
  • Gregory Gourdet, Kann, Portland, OR
  • Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA

Only Chef: Southeast

  • Jamie Davis, The Hackney, Washington, NC
  • Rod Lassiter and Parnass Savang, Talat Market, Atlanta, GA
  • James London, Full Fish, Charleston, SC
  • Robbie Robinson, Metropolis Limits Fish fry, West Columbia, SC
  • Paul Smith, 1010 Bridge, Charleston, WV

Only Chef: South

  • Valerie Chang, Maty’s, Miami, FL
  • Hunter Evans, Elvie’s, Jackson, MS
  • Gabriel Hernandez, Verde Mesa, San Juan, PR
  • Carlos Portela, Orujo, San Juan, PR
  • Arvinder Vilkhu, Saffron, Current Orleans, LA

Only Chef: Southwest

  • Rene Andrade, Bacanora, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jeff Chanchaleune, Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma Metropolis, OK
  • Steve Kestler, Aroma Latin American Cocina, Henderson, NV
  • Steve Riley, Mesa Provisions, Albuquerque, NM
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, Zacatlán, Santa Fe, NM

Only Chef: Texas

  • Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó, Houston, TX
  • Christopher Cullum, Cullum’s Attaboy, San Antonio, TX
  • Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s, Austin, TX
  • Misti Norris, Petra & the Beast, Dallas, TX
  • Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, TX

Only Chef: California

  • Geoff Davis, Burdell, Oakland, CA
  • Rogelio Garcia, Auro, Calistoga, CA
  • Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tara Monsod, Animae, San Diego, CA
  • Buu “Billy” Ngo, Kru, Sacramento, CA

Eminent Restaurant

  • The Compound, Santa Fe, NM
  • Comfort West, Marfa, TX
  • Langbaan, Portland, OR
  • Mixtli, San Antonio, TX
  • Vestige, Ocean Springs, MS

Eminent Chef

  • Sarah Minnick, Beautiful’s Fifty Fifty, Portland, OR
  • Dean Neff, Seabird, Wilmington, NC
  • Michael Rafidi, Albi, Washington, DC
  • Renee Touponce, The Port of Name, Mystic, CT
  • David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas, TX

Leadership Awards

  • Mai Nguyen (Sustainability)
  • Niaz Dorry (Coverage Advocacy)
  • Muhammad Abdul-Hadi (Change Culture and Practices)
  • Helga Garcia-Garza (Food Security and Access)
  • Christa Barfield (Emerging Leadership)
  • Ruth Reichl (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • The LEE Initiative (Humanitarian of the 365 days)

Correction, 4/3/2024: A old model of this fable misidentified Seabird in Wilmington, NC.

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