Best Restaurants in America: The 2019 James Beard Award Winners

The James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry, were announced Monday in Chicago.

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The James Beard Awards are like the Oscars in the restaurant industry--winning one can alter a chef's career path forever. Last night, the 2019 James Beard Award winners in the chef and restaurant categories were announced in Chicago.

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Frenchette in New York was named Best New Restaurant, ensuring a table at the Tribeca bistro will be impossible to get for the next two years. (The same can be said of Israeli eatery Zahav in Philadelphia, named Outstanding Restaurant of the year.)

Patrick O’Connell, the three-star Michelin chef-owner of Virginia's Inn at Little Washington, took home the lifetime achievement award, While Kwame Onwuachi of D.C.'s Kith/Kin was named the Rising Star Chef of the Year.

“Fifty-four years ago, the last restaurant was integrated and Jim Crow was lifted. And here I am, my ancestors’ wildest dreams,” Onwuachi, whose memoir, Notes from a Black Chef, is out now, told the audience at the Lyric Opera.

Below, check out the full list of winners at the 2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant
241 West Broadway
New York, NY

Outstanding Baker
Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread
808 W Lake St
Chicago, IL


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Outstanding Bar Program 
Bar Agricole
355 11th St
San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Chef 
Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner
426 S McDowell St
Raleigh, NC

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Outstanding Pastry Chef  
Kelly Fields of Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA

Outstanding Restaurant  
237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA

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

Outstanding Service 
Frasca Food and Wine
1738 Pearl St
Boulder, CO

Outstanding Wine Program 
22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer 
Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way
Portland, ME

Rising Star Chef of the Year 
Kwame Onwuachi of Kith and Kin
801 Wharf Street SW
Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs in America 

Best Chef: Great Lakes 
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
Parachute, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic  
Tom Cunanan
Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest  
Ann Kim
Young Joni, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City  
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi
Via Carota, Manhattan

Best Chef: Northeast  
Tony Messina
Uni, Boston

Best Chef: Northwest  
Brady Williams
Canlis, Seattle

Best Chef: South 
Vishwesh Bhatt
Snackbar, Oxford, MS


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Best Chef: Southeast  
Mashama Bailey
The Grey, Savannah, GA

Best Chef: Southwest 
Charleen Badman
FnB, Scottsdale, AZ

Best Chef: West 
Michael Cimarusti
Providence, Los Angeles

2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Honorees  

Pho 79
Garden Grove, CA
Owners: Thọ Trần and Liễu Trần

Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House
Huntington, WV
Owners: Jimmie Tweel Carder, Larry Tweel, and Ron Tweel

A&A Bake & Double Roti Shop
Brooklyn, NY
Owner: Noel and Geeta Brown

Sehnert's Bakery & Bieroc Café
McCook, NE
Owners: Matt and Shelly Sehnert

Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
Washington, D.C.
Owner: Paul Katinas


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