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2024 James Beard Awards announced in Chicago

2024 James Beard Awards announced in Chicago
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The James Beard Foundation is set to announce the winners of its 2024 Restaurant and Chef awards at a ceremony in Chicago today. Two San Francisco bars, a Carmel restaurant and the chefs behind restaurants in Oakland, Calistoga and Sacramento are up for the prestigious award.

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Stream the ceremony live starting at 3:30 PST here. This story will be updated as winners are announced.

This year, the Northern California nominees for the foundation’s restaurant and chef awards include:

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  • Best New Restaurant: Chez Noir, Carmel-by-the-Sea. This award is for a restaurant that opened between Oct. 1, 2022 and Sept. 30, 2023 that offers excellent cuisine, is likely to have a significant impact in the future and contributes to the community.
  • Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program: The Morris, San Francisco. This award is for a restaurant that skillfully pairs wine and other drinks with its food and contributes to the community, with an eye toward hospitality, service, ethical sourcing and enhancing customers’ appreciation for the drinks.
  • Outstanding Bar: Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco. This award is for a bar offering wine, beer, cocktails, coffee or other drinks that excellently curates and prepares drinks, contributes to the community and offers outstanding atmosphere, hospitality and operations.
  • Best Chef, California: Geoff Davis, Burdell, Oakland; Rogelio Garcia, Auro, Calistoga; and Buu “Billy” Ngo, Kru, Sacramento. This award is for chefs whose leadership and culinary skills set high standards, support a sustainable work culture in their regions and contribute the community.

Last year, the San Francisco Bay Area came up short and came home with no medals, despite having three finalists. The region was shut out for the first time since 2016.

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There are 22 categories overall. Find the full list of nominees here.



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