Bay Area receives 30 semifinalist nominations for the 2019 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award

BySilvio Carrillo KGO logo
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Bay Area gets 30 nominations for 2019 James Beard Awards
Foodies all over the San Francisco Bay Area are buzzing after the region received 30 nominations for the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards.Bay Area receives 30 nominations for the 2019 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) -- The James Beard Awards semifinalist list is out and Bay Area foodies are buzzing! The Bay Area received 30 nominations, more than last year. Of the nominees fourteen are repeat nominations, including Oakland's Reem's California, San Francisco's Angler, Kin Khao, Quince, Nopa, Berkeley's Great China, and Alameda's Den Sake Brewery among others.

LIST: 15 Bay Area Finalists for 2019 James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards

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Best New Restaurant

Angler, San Francisco

Nyum Bai, Oakland, CA

Outstanding Baker

Greg Mindel, Neighbor Bakehouse, San Francisco

Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA

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Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef

David Kinch, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Juan Contreras, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Michelle Polzine, 20th Century Café, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant

Nopa, San Francisco

Quince, San Francisco

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Outstanding Restaurateur

Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, San Francisco (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, Commonwealth)

Outstanding Service

Saison, San Francisco

Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco

Great China, Berkeley, CA

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, St. Helena, CA

Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa, CA

Lance Winters, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

Yoshihiro Sako, Den Sake Brewery, Oakland, CA

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Alexander Hong, Sorrel, San Francisco

Best Chef: West

Reem Assil, Reem's California, Oakland, CA

Gabriela Cámara, Cala, San Francisco

Brandon Rodgers and Ian Scaramuzza, In Situ, San Francisco

Dominica Rice-Cisneros, Cosecha Café, Oakland, CA

Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco

James Syhabout, Commis, Oakland, CA

Karen Taylor, El Molino Central, Sonoma, CA

Pim Techamuanvivit, Kin Khao, San Francisco