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The James Beard Foundation Awards, were held in the Lyric Opera in Chicago last night with restauranteurs, chefs, designers, servers and sommeliers out to celebrate the theme of "Good food for Good" at one of the biggest nights in the American culinary calendar.
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson was the host of this year's awards, which recognises food and beverage professionals over two dozen different regional and national categories in the event that is often referred to as the Oscars of food.
The Best New Restaurant award went to Frenchette in NYC where chef-owners Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson have built a following for their welcoming French-inspired bistrot style restaurant.
Ashley Christensen from Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina set the benchmark for other professionals by winning the Outstanding Chef Award.
Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water) went to Kwame Onwuachi from Kith and Kin Washington, D.C. - an award designed to recognise chefs age 30 or younger displaying exceptional talent, character, and leadership ability, and are likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water) went to Zahav in Philadelphia where chef Michael Solomonov showcases modern Israeli food.
Kelly Wields from Willa Jean in New Orleans took the Outstanding Pastry Chef title for her exceptional skill, integrity, and character in the preparation of desserts, pastries, or breads served in a restaurant.
Below you can see a full list of winners for 2019.
The James Beard Media Awards winners were announced last week.
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
2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Best New Restaurant
Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
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)
Frasca Food and Wine Boulder, CO
Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer
Producer Rob Tod
Allagash Brewing Company
Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Kith and Kin
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)
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Honorees (Presented by American Airlines)
Garden Grove, CA
Owners: Thọ Trần and Liễu Trần
Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House
Owners: Jimmie Tweel Carder, Larry Tweel, and Ron Tweel
A&A Bake & Double Roti Shop
Owner: Noel and Geeta Brown
Sehnert's Bakery & Bieroc Café
Owners: Matt and Shelly Sehnert
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
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
Five-time James Beard Award winner, 3-star Michelin chef, author, and owner of The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA