From kitchen to stage, these culinary titans light up the food world! As finalists in the prestigious 2024 James Beard Awards, their brilliance shines through every dish, igniting taste buds and inspiring palates. See the list of winners in their respective categories!

2024 Leadership Awards honoree for Sustainability

Mai Nguyen, Farmer, Farmer Mai

Outstanding Restaurateur Finalist

Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham Phở Bắc Súp Shop, Phởcific Standard Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA

Outstanding Chef Finalists presented by Hilton

Michael Rafidi Albi, Washington, D.C.
David Uygur Lucia, Dallas, TX

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker Finalists

Susan Bae Moon Rabbit, Washington, D.C. owner
Atsuko Fujimoto Norimoto Bakery, Portland, ME

Outstanding Restaurant Finalists presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water

Langbaan Portland, OR
Vestige Ocean Springs, MS

Outstanding Bakery Finalists

JinJu Patisserie Portland, OR owners

Emerging Chef finalists presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Nikko Cagalanan Kultura, Charleston, SC
Masako Morishita Perry's, Washington, D.C.
Ryan Fernandez Southern Junction, Buffalo, NY

Best New Restaurant Finalists

Comfort Kitchen Dorchester, MA owners
Kaya Orlando, FL
Kisser Nashville, TN
Shan Bozeman, MT

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program Finalists

Strong Water Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Clavel Mezcaleria Baltimore, MD
Pacific Cocktail Haven San Francisco, CA

Best Chef Finalists: California

Lord Maynard Llera Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, CA
Tara Monsod Animae, San Diego, CA
Buu "Billy" Ngo, Kru Sacramento, CA

Best Chef Finalists: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

Jeff Chanchaleune Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma City, OK

Best Chef finalists: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Sujan Sarkar Indienne, Chicago, IL
Hajime Sato Sozai, Clawson, MI

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Jesse Ito Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Tien Moon Rabbit, Washington, D.C.

Apr 4, 2024

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