Bay Area restaurants snag nominations for James Beard Awards

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area's restaurant scene is poised to claim some more awards as nominations for the 2018 James Beard Awards were announced Wednesday. This year featured a number of former winners, but also included some first-time nominees.

For the second year in a row, San Francisco's Quince was nominated for most outstanding restaurant in America.

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Two Bay Area chefs were nominated for most outstanding chef in America: David Kinch of Los Gatos-based Manresa & Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena.

San Francisco's Dominique Crenn is nominated for best chef in California, Nevada and Hawaii region, while The Charter Oak in St. Helena was nominated for best new restaurant in America.

The Bay Area's wine, beer and spirits scene received a lot of love grabbing, with four of the five nominations for top bar profession in America as well as nominations for top bar program and top wine program.

The winners will be announced Friday, April 27, 2018.

Here's a full list of this year's Bay Area Nominees:

2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Outstanding Restaurant
Quince in San Francisco

Outstanding Chef

  • David Kinch and Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif.
  • Christopher Kostow at the Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, Calif.

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

  • Dominique Crenn
  • Atelier Crenn

Best New Restaurant
The Charter Oak in St. Helena, Calif.

Outstanding Bar Program

  • Bar Agricole in San Francisco
  • Trick Dog in San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Program
Benu in San Francisco, Calif.

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

  • Cathy Corison and Corison Winery in St. Helena, Calif.
  • Miljenko Grgich from Grgich Hills Estate in Rutherford, Calif.
  • Steve Matthiasson from Matthiasson Wines in Napa, Calif.
  • Lance Winters from St. George Spirits in Alameda, Calif.

Outstanding Baker
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas from B. Patisserie in San Francisco, Calif.

Outstanding Service

  • Saison in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Zuni Café in San Francisco, Calif.

2018 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
Food Section
Paolo Lucchesi and the San Francisco Chronicle Food and Wine Team

2018 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards
Television Program, on Location
Chef's Table: Jeong Kwan
Producers: David Gelb, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried
Airs on: Netflix

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Director: Lydia Tenaglia
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, and Joe Caterini
Airs on: CNN, Netflix, and iTunes

2018 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
Firms: Aidlin Darling Design with a l m project
Designers: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Adam Rouse, and Andrea Lenardin Madden
Project: In Situ, San Francisco
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