James Beard Restaurant & Chef Nominees Sans SFV


Only two L.A. County nominees were on the 2024 James Beard list. Best Chef: Lord Maynard Llera of Kuya Lord in L.A. & Outstanding Bakery: Gusto Bread in Long Beach.

The San Fernando Valley, Southern California, and even California continues with a dramatically decreasing presence in the annual nominees and eventually winners of the James Beard Restaurant Awards. One winner in 2023 was from Sherman Oaks from eight Southern California nominees. However, none of the four Southern California nominees in 2022 won. Yet, one nominee continues to do well.

  • Angry Egret Dinette, in Chinatown was nominated best new restaurant in 2022. Chef Avila has previously been nominated by the organization. Hedecided to move his location, which opened in Oct 2020, to Beverly Hills this year.  Angry Egret Dinette  

The ceremony was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid shutdowns impacting the industry along with questions concerning ethics of the nominees.  However, in 2021 they hosted a gala "Our 2021 Celebration Shines a Spotlight on the Restaurant Industry | James Beard Foundation.  James Beard was a noted chef, restaurant critic, and entrepreneur. James Beard House | James Beard Foundation

Restaurant and Chef Awards NOMINEES 2024

  • Outstanding Restaurateur - none from California
  • Outstanding Chef presented by Hilton - none from California
  • Outstanding Restaurant presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water  - none from California
  • Emerging Chef presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water - none from California
  • Best New Restaurant  - none from Southern California 
    • Chez Noir, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Outstanding Bakery - none from San Fernando Valley
    • Gusto Bread, Long Beach, CA
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker - none from California
  • Outstanding Hospitality presented by American Airlines - none from California
  • Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program - none from San Fernando Valley
    • The Morris, San Francisco, CA
    • Strong Water Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
  • Outstanding Bar - none from Southern California
    • Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
  • Best Chefs presented by Capital One (by region)
    • Best Chef: California - none from San Fernando Valley
      • Geoff Davis, Burdell, Oakland, CA
      • Rogelio Garcia, Auro, Calistoga, CA
      • Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, CA
      • Tara Monsod, Animae, San Diego, CA
      • Buu "Billy" Ngo, Kru, Sacramento, CA

Achievement Awards

  • Leadership Awards
    • Mai Nguyen, Farmer, "Farmer Mai" -  Upper Lake, California

Tickets for the Restaurant and Chef Awards will be on sale starting April 9, 2024! For updates, visit our Awards page.

Read the full press release here.

Compared to 2023 Nominees

  • Outstanding Chef - Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles, CA
  • Outstanding Restaurateur - Greg Dulan, Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, Hotville Chicken, and Dulanville Food Truck, Los Angeles, CA
  • Emerging Chef Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Mineral Water  - Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti, Los Angeles, CA
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker - Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA
  • Best Chefs Presented by Capital One (by region) Best Chef: California -
    • Gilberto Cetina Jr., Holbox, Los Angeles, CA 
    • Brandon Hayato Go, Hayato, Los Angeles, CA
    • Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program
    • OTOTO, Los Angeles, CA

2023 Winners:

Best Chef: California - Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks, CA

  • Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker - Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA
  • Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program - OTOTO, Los Angeles, CA

Similarly interesting articles:

Incentives to Cook & Bake at Home - Pt 1 RESOURCES | San Fernando Valley News Portal (town.news)

Incentives to Cook & Bake at Home - Pt 2 CLASSES | San Fernando Valley News Portal (town.news)

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