While it’s easy (and even fun) to argue about what city does food best or is home to the best chefs, the James Beard Award finalists announced on Tuesday make one thing abundantly clear. California packs a serious punch when it comes to culinary inventiveness, good eating and having a diverse dining scene.
The state’s restaurant industry earned nominations in nearly ever category – from restaurant design to “Best New Restaurant.”
Here are the James Beard Award Finalists from California:
- Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California (Travice Lett)
- This is Camino (Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain
- “Straight-Up Passing” (John Birdsall appearing in Jarry)
- Los Angeles Magazine (Lesley Bargar Sutar and Bill Esparza)
- Jon & Vinny’s, L.A.
- Liholiho Yacht Club, S.F.
- Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of B. Patisserie, S.F.
- William Werner of Craftsman and Wolves, S.F.
- Bar Agricole, S.F.
- Suzanne Goin of Lucques, L.A.
- Michael Tusk of Quince, S.F.
- Dahlia Narvaez of Osteria Mozza, L.A.
- Michael Mina of Mina Restaurants, S.F.
- Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard’s Grill, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Cindy’s Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Napa
- Quince, S.F
- Miljenko Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford
- Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, S.F.
- Michael Cimarusti of Providence, L.A.
- Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, S.F.
- Jeremy Fox of Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica
- Corey Lee of Benu, S.F.
- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, L.A.
- Gina Gallo, Winemaker, Sonoma
- Fr. Greg Boyle S.J. of Homeboy Industries, L.A.