José Mandojana

Over two dozen Western chefs and restaurants could win categories such as Best Chef, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Wine Program, and more

Kelsey Maloney  – March 27, 2019

The James Beard Awards are basically the Oscars of the food world—a time to celebrate the greatest chefs in America. Which makes today just like that winter day when you learn the names of all the Oscar nominees because, well, today we learned the names of all the James Beard finalists—and you can be very sure the West was well-represented. In all, 29 chefs and restaurants are finalists. (Some of the restaurants are even affordable!) The awards will be presented in Chicago in early May, and till then here are the finalists:

Outstanding Service

Canlis Restaurant, Seattle, WA

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Producer

Cathy Corison of Corison Winery, Saint Helena, CA

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Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Winery, Napa, CA

St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Alexander Hong of Sorrel, San Francisco, CA (featured in Sunset’s 2019 Feb/March issue)

Jonathan Yao of Kato Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Juan Contreras of Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA

Margarita Manzke of Republique, Los Angeles, CA

Outstanding Service

Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco, CA

Saison, San Francisco, CA

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado

Outstanding Restaurant

Quince, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco, CA

Night + Market Song, Los Angeles, CA

Best New Restaurant

Angler, San Francisco, CA

Bavel, Los Angeles, CA

Majordōmo, Los Angeles, CA

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Chef

David Kinch of Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Outstanding Baker

Avery Ruzicka of Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA

Best Chef, West

Travis Lett of Gjelina, Los Angeles, CA

Jeremy Fox of Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles, CA

Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Los Angeles, CA

Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, Los Angeles, CA

Best Chef, Northwest

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule Restaurant, Seattle, WA

Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant, Portland, OR

Peter Cho of Han Oak Restaurant, Portland, OR

Katy Millard of Coquine Restaurant, Portland, OR

Best Chef, Southwest

Charleen Badman of FnB Restaurant, Scottsdale, Arizona