2019 James Beard Award Winners Announced

By Neat Pour Staff |

The votes have been tallied and the winners announced. A fresh crop of food & beverage standouts have joined the ranks of James Beard Foundation Awards winners. On the beverage side, San Francisco dominated with Bar Agricole taking home the coveted Outstanding Bar Program prize and Benu scoring Outstanding Wine Program. Notably, Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer went to a Maine brewer, Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company. Check out the full list of winners below (as well as the process for picking the winners here.)

2019 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under

Firm: Studio WritersProject: Atomix, NYC

76 Seats and Over

Firm: Parts and Labor Design
Project: Pacific Standard Time, Chicago

Other Eating and Drinking Places Firm: Schwartz and Architecture (S^A)

Project: El Pípila, San Francisco

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Canlis Seattle


2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant

Frenchette, NYC

Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade
Publican Quality Bread, Chicago

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef 

Ashley Christensen

Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields

Willa Jean, New Orleans

Outstanding Restaurant

Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Restaurateur 

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

San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod
Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Rising Star Chef of the Year 

Kwame Onwuachi Kith and Kin, Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs in America

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

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark

Parachute, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Tom Cunanan

Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.

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

Ann Kim Young

Joni, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi

Via Carota

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

Tony Messina

Uni, Boston

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Brady Williams

Canlis, Seattle

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)

Vishwesh Bhatt

Snackbar, Oxford, MS

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

Mashama Bailey

The Grey, Savannah, GA

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Charleen Badman

FnB, Scottsdale, AZ

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

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 SteakhouseWashington, D.C.
Owner: Paul Katinas


2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

The Giving Kitchen

Non-profit organization providing 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

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