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The James Beard Foundation Awards has returned with a more inclusive agenda, following a two-year hiatus. The event in Chicago, hosted by Kwame Onwuachi, had over 1000 of the U.S restaurant industry’s biggest names attending the gala ceremony at the Lyric Opera House.
“We are delighted to finally be back in Chicago celebrating the 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards and bringing attention to our industry, that still needs support," said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. "Tonight, as we recognise outstanding food and beverage professionals, we also honour our entire industry—and the incredible resilience, fortitude, talent and leadership so many have shown over the past two years.”
The Best New Restaurant award went to Owamni, Minneapolis, led by chef Sean Sherman, while the Outstanding Restaurant award, sponsored by Acqua Panna, was presented to Chai Pani in Asheville, NC.
Sean Sherman on stage at James Beard Foundation Awards 2022 - Jeff Schear/Getty Images for James Beard Foundation
Mashama Bailey from The Grey in Savannah was named Outstanding Chef and in the Emerging Chef category, sponsored by S.Pellegrino, it was Edgar Rico, from Nixta Taqueria, Austin, who took home the prize.
Mashama Bailey on stage at James Beard Foundation Awards 2022 - Jeff Schear/Getty Images for James Beard Foundation
Grace Young was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year, and Martin Yan was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Below is a full list of winners from the James Beard Foundation Awards 2022.
Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix
Mashama Bailey,The Grey, Savannah, GA
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water)
Chai Pani, Asheville, NC
Emerging Chef (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Edgar Rico,Nixta Taqueria, Austin
Best New Restaurant (Presented by BentoBox)
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit
Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ
Outstanding Hospitality (Presented by American Airlines)
Cúrate, Asheville, NC
Outstanding Wine Program
The Four Horsemen, NYC
Outstanding Bar Program
Best Chefs (Presented by Capital One):
Best Chef: California
Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu's, San Francisco
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Erick Williams,Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Cristina Martinez,South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia
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