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Here are the James Beard Awards 2024 winners

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At a gala ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, June 10, restaurants and chefs were honored at the James Beard Awards, often regarded as the Oscars of the food world, highlighting some of the country’s most notable gastronomic talent.

The annual accolades given out by nonprofit foundation featured more than 100 restaurants as finalists across 22 categories. All winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia.

The 2024 award recipients include Lord Maynard Llera of Los Angeles-based Kuya Lord, who won for Best Chef: California; Masako Morishita of Perry’s (Washington D.C.) for Emerging Chef of the Year; Gregory Gourdet for Best Chef: Northwest-Pacific, who scored his third consecutive medallion; and Dakar NOLA (New Orleans) for Best New Restaurant. American chef and food writer Ruth Reichl (who, incidentally, helped coin the term “Oscars of the food world“) received the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lula Drake Wine Parlour (Columbia, South Carolina) won for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program, a field that also included Ying Chang and Robert Adamson’s Strong Water Anaheim, the only Orange County name nominated this year in any category.

SEE ALSO: Strong Water Anaheim founders talk James Beard Awards, cocktail creation and a new project

ZU Bakery (Portland, Maine) won for Outstanding Bakery in a category featuring Gusto Bread of Long Beach. Gusto Bread’s nomination marked the first time a Long Beach eatery had been a James Beard Award finalist.

The full list of James Beard Awards 2024 winners is as follows:

Emerging Chef: Masako Morishita, Perry’s, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker: Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery, Portland, Maine

Outstanding Bakery: ZU Bakery, Portland, Maine

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program: Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Columbia, South Carolina

Outstanding Bar: Jewel of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Harley Peet of Bas Rouge, Easton, Maryland

SEE ALSO: Gusto Bread rises from the living room to a full-service bakery in Long Beach

Best Chef, New York State: Charlie Mitchell of Clover Hill, Cloverhill, Brooklyn, New York

Best Chef, South: Valerie Chang of Maty’s, Miami, Florida

Best Chef, Northwest-Pacific: Gregory Gourdet of Kann, Portland, Oregon

Best Chef, Northeast: David Standridge of the Shipwright’s Daughter, Mystic, Connecticut

Best Chef, Midwest: Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Chef, California: Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, California

Best Chef, Mountain: Matt Vawter, Rootstalk Breck, Breckenridge, Colorado

Best Chef, Southwest: Rene Andrade, Bacanora, Phoenix

Best Chef, Southeast: Paul Smith, 1010 Bridge, Charleston, West Virginia

Best Chef, Great Lakes: Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson, Michigan

Best Chef, Texas: Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, Texas

Outstanding Hospitality: Lula Cafe, Chicago, Illinois

Best New Restaurant: Dakar, New Orleans, Louisiana

Outstanding Restauranteur: Erika Whitaker and Kelly Whitaker, Id Est, Boulder, Colorado

Outstanding Restaurant: Langbaan, Portland, Oregon

Outstanding Chef: Michael Rafidi, Albi, Washington D.C.

2024 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: Ruth Reichl

2024 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year: The LEE Initiative

A body of judges in the culinary industry review nominees for their prowess in the kitchen or behind the bar, as well as behavioral ethics, including employee treatment. The James Beard Foundation has given awards since 1991, taking a pause in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The James Beard Foundation also bestows awards to the media, which includes cookbook authors, journalists and other media bodies. The media awards were handed out at a ceremony on Saturday, June 8.

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