L.A. Restaurants and Chefs Up for 2019 James Beard Awards

Fewer local food stars made the cut than in last year, but there was still plenty of love for L.A.

Hollywood has the Oscars, but food has the James Beard Awards. The annual prizes celebrate the best in dining across the United States–and Los Angeles typically gets its share of recognition. But when the James Beard Foundation announced the list of semifinalists, there weren’t quite as many local names as we’ve gotten used to seeing on the list.

Some favorites, like Sqirl and n/naka, picked up nominations again, but over all, there were only 15 semifinalists from the region, compared to last year’s 23. The long list gets winnowed down to final nominees announced at a March 27 ceremony, with the awards themselves handed out on May 6 in Chicago.

Here are all the local chefs and restaurants that made the cut:

Best Chef: West
Genet Agonafer, Meals by Genet, Los Angeles
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
Travis Lett, Gjelina, Venice, CA
Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles
Carlos Salgado, Taco María, Costa Mesa, CA
Kris Yenbamroong, Night + Market, Los Angeles
Jessica Koslow, Sqirl, Los Angeles
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, CA

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jonathan Yao, Kato, Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant
Bavel, Los Angeles
Majordomo, Los Angeles

Outstanding Wine Program
Night + Market, Los Angeles

Outstanding Service
n/naka, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant
Park’s Barbeque, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Outstanding Bar Program
Old Lighting, Marina del Rey

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