James Beard Announces 2019 Semifinalists and Predictions

James Beard Announces 2019 Semifinalists and Predictions

The James Beard Foundation announced the 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists! This years who’s who reads from the Top 25 Restaurant lists here on Foodable! This year brings in some new talent and some definite off the beaten path restaurants as well. Based on what my analysis is so far this year could be one of the best classes in a long time.

Checkout the full list below, from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Chef. The announcement for the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for the Media and Restaurant Design Awards, was held in Houston today. Check the Twitter hashtag for the latest - #jbfa

The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2019 Leadership Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5 in Chicago, and the 2019 Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tickets to both the Awards Gala and the Media Awards will be on sale beginning March 27 at jamesbeard.org/awards.

Check out my Ones to Watch below!

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James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Award Winners

James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Award Winners

The coveted James Beard Foundation announced the restaurateurs and culinary masterminds who will be the recipients of this year's awards.

2018's theme is “celebrating the collective spirit of our community and the power of food. Championing causes, speaking up for those who can’t be heard, and cooking their hearts out, our community rises to make this world a better, more delicious place for all.”

At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the James Beard Awards were hosted by Carla Hall, co-host of "ABC’s The Chew" and the awards were given to some of Foodable's favorite culinary superstars.

Some of the highlights include Outstanding Restaurateur which was awarded to Caroline Styne.

Styne snagged a nomination for Outstanding Restauranteur in 2017, but this year was her year. Her partner is Suzanne Goin, who was inducted to the JBF’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in 2017, is the badass chef at their concepts A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern.

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Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

James Beard Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, and Philanthropist José Andrés has been named the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Award.

You may remember hearing about Andrés recently when the celebrity chef turned activist opted to Tweet a selfie expressing he was allegedly not allowed to enter an event in Washington D.C., at the restaurant owner’s and Ivanka Trump’s request. When the first daughter personally replied back to Andrés clarifying that she had nothing to do with the misunderstanding, the chef took the opportunity to bring up a political issue close to him—immigration.

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James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

 James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has just announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. After receiving more than 20,000 entries, semifinalists were chosen for each of the  21 categories like best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, and rising star chefs under 30.  

The foundation will announce the final nominees for each award category on March 14th during a press conference held at Stephen Starr’s restaurant, Parc.

About the James Beard Foundation’s awards

After receiving entries, the Restaurant and Chef Committee reviews them to determine eligibility and regional representation. Based on the results and eligibility requirements for each award, the committee then produces a nominating ballot that lists the semifinalists in each of the 21 Restaurant and Chef Award categories. The list is then voted on by 600 regional restaurant critics, food and wine editors, culinary educators, and past James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award winners to determine the final five nominees in each category. The same judges then vote on these five nominees to select the winners.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2018. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception, featuring acclaimed chefs and beverage professionals from across the country, will immediately follow.

Winners of the 2018 James Beard Media Awards will be announced at an exclusive event honoring the nation's top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City April 27th.

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The James Beard Foundation Awards 21 Aspiring Restaurant Professionals the 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant

The James Beard Foundation Awards 21 Aspiring Restaurant Professionals the 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant

Although 50% of restaurant owners are women (according to the National Restaurant Association,) women are still the minority in restaurant kitchens. Female chefs are much harder to come by.

With that in mind, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) is helping women advance in the culinary industry with a mentor/grantee program. 21 women have been selected to participate and were given the 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant.  

“We created this program to help accelerate women’s careers in the culinary industry, specifically by building their skills both in the kitchen and in front-of-house management,” said Rohini Dey, owner and founder of the Indian-Latin restaurants Vermilion in New York City and Chicago in a press release. “This year 18 mentors will guide the JBF Women in Culinary Leadership grantees through rigorous programs that will include business training in kitchen, floor management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. By staying actively involved in our grantees development trajectory during the training and beyond, our goal is to enable women to break through the gastro-ceiling.”

Led by both Rohini Dey and the JBF’s president, Susan Ungaro, the Women in Culinary Leadership (WICL) program was founded in 2012. The goal of the mentoring program is to help up and coming, aspiring chefs and restaurateurs in the industry succeed with the guidance from established culinary experts.

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