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Last night, the James Beard Foundation held its first chef and restaurant awards since 2019. (As you might remember, the 2020 awards were first delayed because of the pandemic and then canceled. Last year was skipped as well.) For the nominees and industry members in attendance, the return of the awards was a moment of celebration after a long two years. Those who got to celebrate big include the Grey’s Mashama Bailey, anointed Outstanding Chef; Dhamaka’s Chintan Pandya, who was named Best Chef in New York State; and Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson of Owamni in Minneapolis, this year’s Best New Restaurant. Congratulations to all the winners.

Outstanding Restaurateur

Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding Chef

Mashama Bailey, the Grey, Savannah, Georgia

Outstanding Restaurant

Chai Pani, Asheville, North Carolina

Emerging Chef

Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin, Texas

Best New Restaurant

Owamni, Minneapolis

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

Outstanding Baker

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, Arizona

Outstanding Hospitality

Cúrate, Asheville

Outstanding Wine Program

The Four Horsemen, New York

Outstanding Bar Program

Julep, Houston

Best Chef: California

Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

Fernando Olea, Sazón, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Dane Baldwin, the Diplomat, Milwaukee

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

Caroline Glover, Annette, Aurora, Colorado

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

Robynne Maii, Fête, Honolulu

Best Chef: Texas

Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

Best Chef: New York State

Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka, New York

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, Alabama

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Ricky Moore, SALTBOX Seafood Joint, Durham, North Carolina

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

Nisachon Morgan, Saap, Randolph, Vermont

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago

2022 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

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

2022 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Martin Yan

2022 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year

Grace Young

2022 Leadership Awards

Monica Ramirez of Justice for Migrant Women
Irene Li of Mei Mei Dumplings and Prepshift
Erika Allen of Urban Growers Collective
Mavis-Jay Sanders of Drive Change