James Beard Award Winners: Full List of Chefs and Restaurants


James Beard Award Winners: Full List of Chefs and Restaurants

The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards will be held in Chicago for the first time since 2019. Weeks after the James Beard Foundation announced this year’s list of finalists for Chefs and Restaurants, the results are in, and chefs, restaurateurs and other insiders from the hospitality world headed to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the sparkling event the red carpet with chef Kwame gathered Onwuachi as host. (There was even one classic behind the scenes cold openand Onwuachi delivered an opening monologue, complete with a joke about the Oscars slap.)

After the pandemic-related hiatus and a controversy in 2020 that raised questions about the integrity of the awards, the James Beard Foundation made a number of changes, conducted an audit, and then diversified the committees involved in the judging process. This year, the price categories are also different than in the years before the pandemic, with an eye towards more inclusivity.

The Rising Star Chef of the Year award is now called Emerging Chef. Edgar Rico, executive chef and co-owner of Austin’s Nixta Taqueria, took home this no longer age-restricted award. Chef Katie Button’s Asheville Restaurant Cúrate won for Outstanding Hospitality, the award that has replaced Outstanding Service and now recognizes a restaurant that “strives to provide a sustainable work culture,” along with open-facing service. In addition, there is no award for outstanding wine, spirits or beer specialists this year.

The regional categories have also been shuffled to recognize more chefs: California, New York and Texas now each have their own regional Best Chef categories, allowing for a broader geographic spread of nominees in the West, Northeast and Southwest categories. The California awards opened the regional categories, with Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco taking first prize for Best Chef of the Night. Austin later saw another win when El Naranjo’s Iliana de la Vega accepted the Best Chef award for Texas and Chintan Pandya won Best Chef: New York State (a category dominated solely by New York City nominees) for Dhamaka.

The foundation’s efforts to emphasize diversity appear to have paid off in the big award categories, too. Chai Pani, an Indian street food restaurant in Asheville, was recognized as Restaurant Outstanding; Owamni, a Minneapolis Native American restaurant led by Executive Chef Sean Sherman, won Best New Restaurant; and Outstanding Chef went to Savannah, Georgia’s The Gray’s Mashama Bailey, who told the crowd, “Thank you for supporting me and thank you for betting on Black.”

Find out straight away who has won so far and be sure to check back when the prizes are announced later in the evening.

Outstanding chef

Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah, Georgia

Outstanding restaurant

Chai Pani, Ashville, North Carolina

Outstanding restaurateur

Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding hospitality

Curate, Asheville, North Carolina

Best New Restaurant

Owamni, Minneapolis

Aspiring Chef

Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin, Texas

Outstanding Baker

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, Arizona

Outstanding confectioner

Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

Excellent wine program

The Four Horsemen, New York

Excellent bar program

Julep, Houston

Best Chef: California

Brandon Jude, Mister Jius, San Francisco

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

Fernando Olea, Sazon, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

Dane Baldwin, The Diplomat, Milwaukee

Best Chef: Berg (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

Caroline Glover, Annette, Aurora, Colorado

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

Robynne Maii, Fest, Honolulu

Best Chef: Texas

Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin, Texas

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

Best Chef: New York State

Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka, New York

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, Alabama

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

Ricky Moore, Seafood Joint SALTBOX, Durham, North Carolina

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

Nisachon Morgan, Saap, Randolph, Vermont

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

Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago

The following victories were previously announced:

America’s classic
  • Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Corinnes Place, Camden, New Jersey
  • Solly’s Cricket, Milwaukee
  • Whoop, New York
  • The busy bee cafe, Atlanta
  • Florence’s Restaurant, Oklahoma City
2022 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Martin Jan

2022 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year

Grace Young

Leadership Awards 2022
  • Monica Ramirez of Justice for Migrant Women
  • Irene Li from Mei Mei Dumplings and Prepshift
  • Erika Allen from the Urban Growers Collective
  • Drive Change’s Mavis Jay Sanders

The Media Awards took place on June 11th – read the full list of winners here.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media employees are part of the voting panel for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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