2022 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chefs Awards

[ 3 ] June 15, 2022 |

The 2022 James Beard Awards was THE EVENT of the year. The years most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs and the like “gathered” (no, pun intended. This year’s theme was “Gather”) in Chicago to honor those in the industry. Below are the list of winners from the Monday night award recipients. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners!!

2022 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chefs Awards at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The 2022 Restaurant and Chef Award Winners are:  

Outstanding Restaurateur

·       Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding Chef

·       Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah, GA

Outstanding Restaurant, Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water

·       Chai Pani, Asheville, NC

Emerging Chef, Presented by S. Pellegrino® Sparkling Mineral Water

·       Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin

Best New Restaurant, Presented by BentoBox

·       Owamni, Minneapolis

Outstanding Pastry Chef

·       Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

Outstanding Baker

·       Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ

Outstanding Hospitality, Presented by American Airlines

·       Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Outstanding Wine Program

·       The Four Horsemen, NYC

Outstanding Bar Program

·       Julep, Houston

Best Chefs, Presented by Capital One (by region)

Best Chef: California

·       Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

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

·       Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

·       Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

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

·       Dane Baldwin, The Diplomat, Milwaukee

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

·       Caroline Glover, Annette, Aurora, CO

Best Chef: New York State

·       Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka, NYC

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

·       Nisachon Morgan, Saap, Randolph, VT

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

·       Robynne Maii, Fête, Honolulu

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

·       Ricky Moore, SALTBOX Seafood Joint, Durham, NC

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

·       Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, AL

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

·       Fernando Olea, Sazón, Santa Fe

Best Chef: Texas

·       Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin

Humanitarian of the YearGrace Young has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year for her work to save America’s Chinatowns amid Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lifetime Achievement: Martin Yan is one of the most prolific chefs on TV with 3,500 episodes and 30 cookbooks. Yan has brought the joy of Chinese cooking to America with his motto, “If Yan Can Cook, So Can You!”

Restaurant and Chef America’s Classics Award Winners:

Each year, this committee-chosen Award recognizes establishments in six of the 12 Restaurant and Chef Award regions.

·       The Busy Bee Café, Atlanta, GA; Owner: Tracy Gates

·       Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks, CA; Owner: Christy Vega

·       Corinne’s Place, Camden, NJ; Owner: Corinne Bradley-Powers

·       Florence’s Restaurant, Oklahoma City, OK; Owner: Florence Kemp

·       Solly’s Grille, Milwaukee, WI; Owner: Glenn Fieber

·       Wo Hop, New York, NY; Owners: Huang Family

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Anita Arnold says:

    I enjoyed the information on the James Bearden Awards. Florence’s Restaurant is well known in Oklahoma City, OK. Everyone in Oklahoma (who know her and her restaurant) sends big congrats! I know Florence Kemp, personally. In fact, we have relatives in common on the Golden side of our family, Johnna!

  2. Anita Arnold says:

    My mistake in the comment. I meant James Beard.

  3. Johnna says:

    This is wonderful to hear!! It was such a fun event, I look forward to returning in future years.

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