2019 James Beard Award Nominees: Chefs + Restaurants

2019 James Beard Award Nominees

The picks are in for the final nominees for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards. Even though not every chef or restaurant listed here will go home with the award, trust us when we say that you will have a sublime dining experience with any of them — or at one of the more than 50,000 restaurants on OpenTable. We’ll be cheering them all on in Chicago on May 6th at the awards ceremony; you can purchase a ticket, too, in case you didn’t know. Congratulations to all the 2019 James Beard Award nominees on OpenTable, including:

Best New Restaurant

Angler, San Francisco, California
Bavel, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Restaurant

Balthazar, New York, New York (pictured)
FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
Quince, San Francisco, California
Zahav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco, California

Outstanding Chef

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, California
Marc Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rising Star of the Year

Ana Castro, Coquette, New Orleans, Lousiana
Alisha Elenz, mfk., Chicago, Illinois
Kwame Onwuachi, Kith / Kin, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans, Louisiana
Meg GalusBoka, Chicago, Illinois
Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles, California

Best Chef: Great Lakes

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute, Chicago, Illinois
Noah Sandoval, Oriole, Chicago, Illinois
Lee WolenBoka, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest

Jamie Malone, Grand Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Chef: New York City

Sean Gray, Momofuku Ko
Daniela Soto-Innes, ATLA
Alex Stupak, Empellón Midtown

Best Chef: Northeast

Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama, Boston, Massachusetts
Tony Messina, Uni, Boston, Massachusetts

Best Chef: Northwest

Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, Oregon
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle, Washington

Best Chef: South

Kristen Essig and Michael StoltzfusCoquette, New Orleans, Louisiana
Slade RushingBrennan’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
Isaac ToupsToups’ Meatery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Chef: Southeast

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, Tennessee

Best Chef: Southwest

Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye, Austin, Texas
Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie, Austin, Texas

Best Chef: West

Michael CimarustiProvidence, Los Angeles, California

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Photo credit: Daniel Krieger (Balthazar).