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2022 James Beard Awards – The List So Far

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For the first time since 2019, the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony is back in Chicago. Weeks after the James Beard Foundation announced the year’s slate of chef and restaurant finalists, the results are in, and chefs, restaurateurs, and other hospitality world insiders have gathered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the splashy, red carpet event, with chef Kwame Onwuachi as host. (There was even a behind-the-scenes cold open, and Onwuachi delivered an opening monologue, complete with a joke about the Oscars slap.)

Following the pandemic-induced hiatus and a 2020 controversy that raised questions about the integrity of the awards, the James Beard Foundation has made a number of changes, conducting an audit and subsequently diversifying the committees involved with the judging process. This year, the awards categories are also different than in pre-pandemic years, with an eye towards greater inclusivity.

The Rising Star Chef of the Year award is now called Emerging Chef, and there are no age limitations on the award; Outstanding Service has been renamed Outstanding Hospitality and now recognizes a restaurant that makes “efforts to provide a sustainable work culture,” along with public-facing service. The regional categories were also shuffled in order to recognize more chefs: California, New York, and Texas now each comprise their own regional Best Chef categories, leaving room for a wider geographical spread of nominees in the West, Northeast, and Southwest categories. Plus, there’s no Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional award this year.

Straight ahead, find out who took home the awards, and be sure to check back as awards are announced throughout the evening.

2022 James Beard Award Chef and Restaurant Winners

Emerging Chef

Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin, Texas

Outstanding Baker

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, Arizona

Outstanding Pastry Chef

  • Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

The following wins were previously announced:

America’s Classics

  • Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Corinne’s Place, Camden, New Jersey
  • Solly’s Grille, Milwaukee, WIWo Hop, New York, New York
  • The Busy Bee Cafe, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Florence’s Restaurant, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2022 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Martin Yan

2022 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year

Grace Young

The Media Awards took place on June 11, read the full winners list here.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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