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Here Is the Full List of James Beard Awards 2019 Winners

Congratulations to all the chef and restaurant winners

Monica Burton is the deputy editor of

Weeks after the James Beard Foundation announced the year’s slate of chef and restaurant finalists, the results are in. At a ceremony in Chicago, chefs, restaurateurs, and other hospitality world insiders gathered for what are considered by many to be the most prestigious awards in American hospitality.

Last year marked a notable shift towards a more diverse restaurant awards, and this year the foundation’s commitment to more equitable awards was also reflected in the makeup of the winners. Mashama Bailey, nominated the second time for Best Chef: Southeast for Savannah restaurant the Grey, won that award this year. Kwame Onwuachi, chef of Kith/Kin and author of memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef, took home the Rising Star Chef award. In his acceptance speech, he commented he was fulfilling “my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” Plus, Young Joni chef Ann Kim took home the award for Best Chef: Midwest, Via Carota’s Jody Williams and Rita Sodi won for Best Chef: New York, and Willa Jean’s Kelly Fields is the year’s Outstanding Pastry Chef.

It was also a big night for Chicago: the winners for Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Baker, and Outstanding Restaurant Design (76 Seats and Over) all hail from the awards’ host city. Straight ahead, find out who else walked away a winner.

2019 James Beard Award Chef and Restaurant Winners

Outstanding Chef

Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC)

Outstanding Restaurant

Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Restaurateur

Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)

Outstanding Service

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO

Best New Restaurant

Frenchette, NYC

Best Chef: New York City

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi (Via Carota)

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

Charleen Badman (FnB, Scottsdale, AZ)

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

Tom Cunanan (Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.)

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

Vishwesh Bhatt (Snackbar, Oxford, MS)

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

Mashama Bailey (The Grey, Savannah, GA)

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Los Angeles)

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

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Parachute, Chicago)

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

Brady Williams (Canlis, Seattle)

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

Tony Messina (Uni, Boston)

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

Ann Kim (Young Joni, Minneapolis)

Other Eating & Drinking Places

Schwartz and Architecture (S^A), El Pípila (San Francisco)

Outstanding Restaurant Design - 76 Seats and Over

Parts and Labor Design, Pacific Standard Time (Chicago)

Outstanding Restaurant Design - 75 Seats and Under

Studio Writers, Atomix (NYC)

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod (Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME)

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields (Willa Jean, New Orleans)

Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade (Publican Quality Bread, Chicago)

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Kwame Onwuachi (Kith/Kin, Washington D.C.)

The following wins were previously announced:

America’s Classics

  • Pho 79, Garden Grove, California
  • Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House, Huntington, West Virginia
  • A&A Bake & Double and Roti Shop, Brooklyn, New York
  • Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe, McCook, Nebraska
  • Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Washington, D.C.

2019 Restaurant Design Icon

Canlis, Seattle, Washington

2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

The Giving Kitchen

2019 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick O’Connell

The Media Awards took place on April 26, read the full winners list here.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.