James Beard Awards 2019 Winners: The Full List

Bob Conway
May 07, 2019 - 10:37 am
A view of the Roasted New Zealand Lamb by James Beard Award Winning Chef and restaurateur David Chang, during an immersive culinary experience hosted by American Express Travel and David Chang, at Lightbox on November 14, 2018 in New York City.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The so-called "Oscars of the restaurant industry" or the James Beard Awards, were served up Monday night in ceremonies at the Lyric Opera and local contenders did well.

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Boka Group were winners of Outstanding Restaurateur. Boka is known for several acclaimed Chicago restaurants including Girl & the Goat.     

Other Chicago wins included the restaurant called "Pacific Standard Time" in River North, which won for Outstanding Restaurant Design. Greg Wade of Chicago’s Publican Quality Bread won for Outstanding Baker. He had been nominated twice before for the award. The bakery provides bread to more than 50 Chicago restaurants.

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark won for the Best Chef: Great Lakes category for their acclaimed Avondale restaurant, Parachute.

Here's the full list of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award Winners:

2019 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under

Firm: Studio Writers

Project: 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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2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best New Restaurant



Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade

Publican Quality Bread


Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole

San Francisco

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)



Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz

Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)


Outstanding Service

Frasca Food and Wine

Boulder, CO

Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)


San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod

Allagash Brewing Company

Portland, ME

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

Kwame Onwuachi

Kith and Kin

Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs in America (Presented by Capital One®)

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

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark



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


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



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

Brady Williams



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

Vishwesh Bhatt


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


Scottsdale, AZ

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Michael Cimarusti


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 Steakhouse

Washington, 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