2019 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to local chefs Kwame Onwuachi, Tom Cunanan, and Patrick O'Connell

Alexandria, VA – (New York, NY May 6, 2019) – Winners were announced this evening, Monday, May 6, 2019, at the James Beard Awards at Lyric Opera of Chicago. During a ceremony emceed by Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, awards were presented in the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories, as well as several special achievement awards, including Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, America’s Classics, and Humanitarian of the Year.

Industry leaders from across the country attended the highly anticipated annual ceremony where the theme was “Good Food For GoodTM”, a mantra synonymous with the James Beard Foundation’s mission. In keeping with the theme, gala reception chefs from across the country included past James Beard Award winners and many who are involved in the Foundation’s signature impact-oriented initiatives, from Smart Catch to Women’s Leadership Programs to the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. Their thoughtful
and delicious dishes fed the nearly 2,000 attendees at the evening’s Awards gala. VIP guests were treated to a multi-course dinner and experience in the mezzanine boxes during the Awards show prepared by chefs from the esteemed Union Square Hospitality Group.

A complete list of award winners can be found at jamesbeard.org/awards.

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Kwame Onwuachi
Kith and Kin – Washington, D.C.
 
Kwame Onwuachi and Tom Cunanan (Photo courtesy of WAMU)
Best Chefs in America (Presented by Capital One®)
 
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Tom Cunanan
Bad Saint – Washington, D.C.
Best New Restaurant
Frenchette – NYC
 
Outstanding Baker
Greg Wade
Publican Quality Bread – Chicago
 
Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Agricole – San Francisco
Poole’s Diner (Photo: TripAdvisor)
Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
Ashley Christensen
Poole’s Diner – Raleigh, NC
 
Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
Kelly Fields
Willa Jean – New Orleans
 
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Zahav – Philadelphia
 
Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz
Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others) Chicago
 
Outstanding Service
Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, CO
 
Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
Benu – San Francisco
 
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
Rob Tod
Allagash Brewing Company – Inn at Portland, ME
 
Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
The Giving Kitchen
Non-profit that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.
 
2019 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrick O’Connell
Five-time James Beard Award winner, 3-star Michelin chef, author, and owner of The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA
Patrick O’Connell in the kitchen at the Inn at Little Washington

 

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