James Beard Awards Finalists have been announced, with many Bay Area restaurants and chefs making the cut for the industry accolade. In fact, San Francisco majorly represented the West Coast as a whole in many of the non-regional awards categories, including taking two slots in the Best New Restaurant category alongside NYC— LA did not receive a nomination in this category.
Meanwhile, Corey Lee and Dominique Crenn made it through to the final round for Best Chef West, beating out a seriously talented crowd that included Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club), Mourad Lahlou (Mourad, Aziza), Joshua Skenes (Saison), James Syhabout (Hawker Fare, Commis), Anthony Mangieri (Una Pizza Napoletana) and more (see the full list of semifinalists here).
The winners in each category will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1.
Best Chef West (CA, HI, NV)
Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn
Corey Lee, Benu, In Situ, Monsieur Benjamin
David Kinch, Manresa
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood
Best New Restaurant
Belinda Leong and Michael Suas, B. Patisserie
Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Bar Program
Terra, St. Helena
Leo’s Oyster Bar, Ken Fulk
Single Thread Restaurant, AvroKo
2017 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees
Rajat Parr, Mina Group
2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate
Book Award: Beverage Category
Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki, Martin Cate with Rebecca Cate