2019 James Beard Foundation Award Winners Announced


Winners were announced Monday, May 6, 2019, at the James Beard Awards at Lyric Opera of Chicago. During a ceremony emceed by Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, awards were presented in the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories, as well as several special achievement awards, including Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, America’s Classics, and Humanitarian of the Year.

Industry leaders from across the country attended the highly anticipated annual ceremony where the theme was “Good Food For GoodTM”, a mantra synonymous with the James Beard Foundation’s mission.  In keeping with the theme, gala reception chefs from across the country included past James Beard Award winners and many who are involved in the Foundation’s signature impact-oriented initiatives, from Smart Catch to Women’s Leadership Programs to the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. Their thoughtful and delicious dishes fed the nearly 2,000 attendees at the evening’s Awards gala. VIP guests were treated to a multi-course dinner and experience in the mezzanine boxes during the Awards show prepared by chefs from the esteemed Union Square Hospitality Group.

A complete list of award winners can be found here, as well as at jamesbeard.org/awards.

2019 James Beard Foundation Award Winners


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


Design Icon



2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant




Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade

Publican Quality Bread


Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole

San Francisco

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)

Ashley Christensen

Poole’s Diner

Raleigh, NC

Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)

Kelly Fields

Willa Jean

New Orleans

Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)



Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz

Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)


Outstanding Service

Frasca Food and Wine

Boulder, CO


Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)


San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod

Allagash Brewing Company

Portland, ME

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

Kwame Onwuachi

Kith and Kin

Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs in America (Presented by Capital One®)

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

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark



Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Tom Cunanan

Bad Saint

Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Ann Kim

Young Joni


Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi

Via Carota

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)

Tony Messina



Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Brady Williams




Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)

Vishwesh Bhatt


Oxford, MS

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV) 

Mashama Bailey

The Grey

Savannah, GA

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Charleen Badman


Scottsdale, AZ

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Michael Cimarusti


Los Angeles

2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Honorees (Presented by American Airlines)

Pho 79

Garden Grove, CA

Owners: Thọ Trần and Liễu Trần

Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House

Huntington, WV

Owners: Jimmie Tweel Carder, Larry Tweel, and Ron Tweel

A&A Bake & Double Roti Shop

Brooklyn, NY

Owner: Noel and Geeta Brown

Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Café

McCook, NE

Owners: Matt and Shelly Sehnert

Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse

Washington, D.C.

Owner: Paul Katinas


2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

The Giving Kitchen

Non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources


2019 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick O’Connell

Five-time James Beard Award winner, 3-star Michelin chef, author, and owner of The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA

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