These chefs and restaurants are the 2024 James Beard Award winners

by Ismail Hodge
These chefs and restaurants are the 2024 James Beard Award winners


The Oscars of the meals world — the James Beard Awards — had been handed out Monday night time to many cooks and eating places reflecting cultures and areas which have lengthy been missed when honoring culinary achievement in the USA.

At Dakar NOLA, winner of Greatest New Restaurant, Chef Serigne Mbaye blends his West African roots with the substances of New Orleans on a contemporary Senegalese tasting menu.

“I all the time knew that West Africa had one thing to say,” Mbaye mentioned on the awards ceremony on the Lyric Opera in Chicago, at the same time as he cooked basic Creole and French delicacies at different eating places. “That saved me going.”

The Excellent Restaurant winner, Langbaan in Portland, Oregon, transforms basic Thai meals with Pacific Northwest substances on a five-course tasting menu.

Excellent Chef winner Michael Rafidi devoted his award to Palestinian folks everywhere in the world in his acceptance speech. Rafidi’s inventive twists on conventional Arabic delicacies at Albi, his Michelin-starred Washington, DC restaurant, are impressed by his household’s roots in Ramallah.

The 2024 winners carry heritage from everywhere in the globe — the Philippines, Mexico, Japan, Peru, Vietnam, Senegal — to tables throughout the USA. This yr’s awards additionally carry recognition to eating places in lots of smaller cities and states that haven’t traditionally been acknowledged with James Beard Awards.

“Two phrases which have by no means been talked about right here earlier than: West Virginia,” mentioned Paul Smith, chef at 1010 Bridge in Charleston, West Virginia, and winner of Greatest Chef: Southeast. Lula Drake Wine Parlour in Columbia, South Carolina, earned the award for Excellent Wine and Different Drinks Program. Cooks in Mission, Texas; Mystic, Connecticut; and Easton, Maryland all obtained honors.

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Michael Rafidi gained the Excellent Chef award. His DC restaurant Albi options delicacies that attracts on his Palestinian roots.

For some winners, the awards appear to symbolize the end result of a fortuitous change in fact.

Masako Morishita moved to Washington, DC to be a cheerleader for the Washington Commanders. Atsuko Fujimoto arrived in Portland, Maine, 23 years in the past from Tokyo with no skilled kitchen expertise.

They solid new careers within the culinary world.

“Wow, that is my wildest American dream got here true,” mentioned Morishita, who obtained the Rising Chef Award for her Japanese consolation meals at Perry’s within the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Fujimoto, of Norimoto Bakery in Portland, Maine, obtained the Excellent Baker award.

Lots of the challenges going through the restaurant trade — and the broader tradition — had been addressed over the course of the night: local weather change, sustainability, inclusivity and psychological well being.

A handful of honorees obtained achievement awards on Monday night time. That group included legendary meals author, editor, novelist and tv persona Ruth Reichl, who labored as a meals critic at The New York Instances and editor-in-chief of Connoisseur Journal and was honored for Lifetime Achievement.

Reichl thanked the James Beard Basis and the assembled meals world luminaries for the transformation of American meals tradition that she’s seen in her lifetime.

“You modified the best way we eat, created a scrumptious revolution and a world the place folks lastly, lastly perceive that consuming is an moral act and that our meals decisions actually matter. It provides me hope for the long run,” she mentioned.

Previous to the ceremony, which was livestreamed by way of web site Eater, Reichl was requested on the occasion’s crimson carpet in regards to the origin of the time period “Oscars of the meals world.” To her shock, she was instructed that she coined it in her report from the very first awards greater than three many years in the past.

The nonprofit James Beard Basis was established in 1986, shortly after “pioneer foodie” James Beard’s loss of life, “to rejoice, help and elevate the folks behind America’s meals tradition.” The primary awards ceremony was held in 1991.

Beard was the host of “I Like to Eat,” the primary meals program on community tv in 1946 and was known as the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Instances in 1954.

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Masako Morishita obtained the James Beard Award for Rising Chef.

The muse, which has confronted controversy lately, in 2022 launched new insurance policies and procedures and a brand new code of ethics sparked by criticism a few lack of range and allegations of cooks’ dangerous conduct. Final yr, the method of vetting chef conduct led to its own controversy.

Restaurant and Chef Awards (2024 finalists and winners)

Excellent Restaurateur

Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere, Baobab Fare, Detroit, MI

Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham, Phở Bắc Súp Store, Phởcific Normal Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA

Chris Viaud, Greenleaf, Ansanm, and Pavilion, Milford and Wolfeboro, NH

Hollis Wells Silverman, Jap Level Collective (The Duck & The Peach, Méli, The Wells, and others), Washington, D.C.

WINNER: Erika Whitaker and Kelly Whitaker, ID EST (The Wolf’s Tailor, BRUTØ, Basta, and others), Boulder, CO

Excellent Chef

Sarah Minnick, Beautiful’s Fifty Fifty, Portland, OR

Dean Neff, Seabird, Wilmington, NC

WINNER: Michael Rafidi, Albi, Washington, D.C.

Renee Touponce, The Port of Name, Mystic, CT

David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas, TX

Excellent Restaurant

The Compound, Santa Fe, NM

Comfort West, Marfa, TX

WINNER: Langbaan, Portland, OR

Mixtli, San Antonio, TX

Vestige, Ocean Springs, MS

Christine Dong

Langbaan in Portland, Oregon, is the Excellent Restaurant winner.

Fariyal Abdullahi, Hav & Mar, New York, NY

Janet Becerra, Pancita, Seattle, WA

Nikko Cagalanan, Kultura, Charleston, SC

Ryan Fernandez, Southern Junction, Buffalo, NY

WINNER: Masako Morishita, Perry’s, Washington, D.C.

Bar Bacetto, Waitsburg, WA

Barbs-B-Q, Lockhart, TX

Chez Noir, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Consolation Kitchen, Dorchester, MA

WINNER: Dakar NOLA, New Orleans, LA

Hayward, McMinnville, OR

Kaya, Orlando, FL

Kisser, Nashville, TN

Oro by Nixta, Minneapolis, MN

Shan, Bozeman, MT

Excellent Bakery

The Burque Bakehouse, Albuquerque, NM

Gusto Bread, Lengthy Seaside, CA

JinJu Patisserie, Portland, OR

Mel the Bakery, Hudson, NY

WINNER: ZU Bakery, Portland, ME

Excellent Pastry Chef or Baker

Susan Bae, Moon Rabbit, Washington, D.C.

Jesus Brazon and Manuel Brazon, Caracas Bakery, Doral and Miami, FL

WINNER: Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery, Portland, ME

Crystal Kass, Valentine, Phoenix, AZ

Anna Posey, Elske, Chicago, IL

Excellent Hospitality

Crawford and Son, Raleigh, NC

Gemma, Dallas, TX

WINNER: Lula Cafe, Chicago, IL

Melba’s, New York, NY

Woodford Meals & Beverage, Portland, ME

Excellent Wine and Different Drinks Program

WINNER: Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Columbia, SC

The Morris, San Francisco, CA

Robust Water Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

Tail Up Goat, Washington, D.C.

Waxlight Bar à Vin, Buffalo, NY

Excellent Bar

Barr Hill Cocktail Bar, Montpelier, VT

Clavel Mezcaleria, Baltimore, MD

WINNER: Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA

Las Ramblas, Brownsville, TX

Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA

Geoff Davis, Burdell, Oakland, CA

Rogelio Garcia, Auro, Calistoga, CA

WINNER: Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, CA

Tara Monsod, Animae, San Diego, CA

Buu “Billy” Ngo, Kru, Sacramento, CA

Vinnie Cimino, Cordelia, Cleveland, OH

Jose Salazar, Mita’s, Cincinnati, OH

Sujan Sarkar, Indienne, Chicago, IL

WINNER: Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson, MI

Jenner Tomaska, Esmé, Chicago, IL

Tony Conte, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, Darnestown, MD

Jesse Ito, Royal Sushi & Izakaya, Philadelphia, PA

Matt Kern, One Coastal, Fenwick Island, DE

WINNER: Harley Peet, Bas Rouge, Easton, MD

Kevin Tien, Moon Rabbit, Washington, D.C.

Ann Ahmed, Khâluna, Minneapolis, MN

Rob Connoley, Bulrush, St. Louis, MO

Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Ceremony, EsterEv, Milwaukee, WI

WINNER: Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis, MN

Tim Nicholson, The Boiler Room, Omaha, NE

Brandon Cunningham, Social Haus, Greenough, MT

Ali Sabbah, Mazza Cafe, Salt Lake Metropolis, UT

WINNER: Matt Vawter, Rootstalk, Breckenridge, CO

Penelope Wong, Yuan Wonton, Denver, CO

Nick Zocco, City Hill, Salt Lake Metropolis, UT

Nasim Alikhani, Sofreh, Brooklyn, NY

Atsushi Kono, Kono, New York, NY

Chris Mauricio, Harana Market, Accord, NY

WINNER: Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill, Brooklyn, NY

Jeremy Salamon, Agi’s Counter, Brooklyn, NY

Conor Dennehy, Talulla, Cambridge, MA

Maria Meza, Dolores, Windfall, RI

WINNER: David Standridge, The Shipwright’s Daughter, Mystic, CT

Jake Stevens, Leeward, Portland, ME

Cara Tobin, Honey Highway, Burlington, VT

Greatest Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

Avery Adams, Matia Kitchen, Orcas Island, WA

Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle, WA

Josh Dorcak, MÄS, Ashland, OR

WINNER: Gregory Gourdet, kann, Portland, OR

Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA

Jamie Davis, The Hackney, Washington, NC

Rod Lassiter and Parnass Savang, Talat Market, Atlanta, GA

James London, Chubby Fish, Charleston, SC

Robbie Robinson, Metropolis Limits Barbeque, West Columbia, SC

WINNER: Paul Smith, 1010 Bridge, Charleston, WV

WINNER: Valerie Chang, Maty’s, Miami, FL

Hunter Evans, Elvie’s, Jackson, MS

Gabriel Hernandez, Verde Mesa, San Juan, PR

Carlos Portela, Orujo, San Juan, PR

Arvinder Vilkhu, Saffron, New Orleans, LA

WINNER: Rene Andrade, Bacanora, Phoenix, AZ

Jeff Chanchaleune, Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma Metropolis, OK

Steve Kestler, Aroma Latin American Cocina, Henderson, NV

Steve Riley, Mesa Provisions, Albuquerque, NM

Eduardo Rodriguez, Zacatlán, Santa Fe, NM

Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó, Houston, TX

Christopher Cullum, Cullum’s Attaboy, San Antonio, TX

Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s, Austin, TX

Misti Norris, Petra & the Beast, Dallas, TX

WINNER: Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, TX

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