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The Full List of the 2024 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Award Winners

The Full List of the 2024 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Award Winners


The James Beard Foundation handed out its coveted culinary awards Monday night in Chicago, showcasing an eclectic assortment of winners from a variety of eating places in cities and cities throughout America.

Michael Rafidi, of the Arab-influenced Albi in Washington, D.C., was named excellent chef. He devoted his award “to Palestine and to all of the Palestinian individuals on the market, whether or not it’s right here or in Palestine or all around the world.”

The 24-seat Thai tasting menu restaurant Langbaan in Portland, Ore., gained the excellent restaurant award. The group from Dakar NOLA in New Orleans, which presents a Senegalese tasting menu, obtained finest new restaurant. The award for excellent restaurateur went to Erika and Kelly Whitaker, who run a restaurant group within the Denver space. Chicago’s personal Lula Cafe gained for excellent hospitality.

In latest years, the awards, which have been first given out in 1991, have advanced right into a glamorous evening of purple carpet moments and food-focused partying funded largely by a roster of big-name sponsors.

According to the Beard award organizers, the ceremony bought out for the primary time in eight years with a number of nominees opting to deliver their total staffs to the occasion.

The reputation of this 12 months’s occasion means that the group might have weathered conflicts each inner and exterior, which exploded in 2020 when the muse canceled the awards on the final minute after critics stated the slate of nominees was not various sufficient and contained cooks who had been accused of abuse.

In addition to cooking prowess and the standard of the eating expertise, the awards now contemplate a nominee’s therapy of employees, work in the neighborhood and dedication to broader points like fairness and local weather change.

As a end result, the vary of nominated cooks and eating places has expanded past America’s coasts, conventional culinary powerhouses and darlings of meals media. This 12 months, a wide-ranging listing of finalists was extra geographically various than ever, that includes new names and lesser-known eating places.

But not less than one award was given to a extra enduring identify within the meals world: Ruth Reichl, the creator, editor and former restaurant critic for The New York Times who was given a lifetime achievement award.

“It is tough to imagine how monumental the adjustments within the meals world have been in my lifetime,” she stated in her acceptance speech. “People lastly perceive that consuming is an moral act and our meals selections actually, actually matter.”

Here are the winners:

Outstanding Chef

Michael Rafidi, Albi, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Restaurant

Langbaan, Portland, Ore.

Outstanding Restaurateur

Erika Whitaker and Kelly Whitaker, Id Est (The Wolf’s Tailor, BRUTØ, Basta, Hey Kiddo and others), Denver

Best New Restaurant

Dakar NOLA, New Orleans

Emerging Chef

Masako Morishita, Perry’s, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bakery

ZU Bakery, Portland, Maine

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery, Portland, Maine

Outstanding Hospitality

Lula Cafe, Chicago

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Columbia, S.C.

Outstanding Bar

Jewel of the South, New Orleans

Best Chef: New York State

Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill, Brooklyn

Best Chef: California

Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)

Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson, Mich.

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

Harley Peet, Bas Rouge, Easton, Md.

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Gregory Gourdet, Kann, Portland, Ore.

Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis

Best Chef: Mountain (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming)

Matt Vawter, Rootstalk, Breckenridge, Colo.

Best Chef: Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

David Standridge, The Shipwright’s Daughter, Mystic, Conn.

Best Chef: Southeast (Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.)

Paul Smith, 1010 Bridge, Charleston, W.V.

Best Chef: South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico)

Valerie Chang, Maty’s, Miami, Fla.

Best Chef: Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma)

Rene Andrade, Bacanora, Phoenix

Best Chef: Texas

Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, Texas

Humanitarian of the Year

The LEE Initiative

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruth Reichl

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