Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the James Beard Foundation has decided to move forward with the announcement of its awards finalists. The announcement was originally set to take place on March 25 but was pushed back due to the pandemic.
The award ceremony for restaurants and chefs — which was set to take place today in Chicago — has now been pushed back to September 25, and will still be held in Chicago.
For the first time this year, the New York awards encompass the entire state, and while the Oscars of the food world have a reputation of leaning toward men and fine-dining establishments, the organization has been working to change things up. This year’s finalists include include Lilia’s Missy Robbins, and Atomix’s Junghyun Park, and Xi’an Famous Foods’ Jason Wang. No New York nominations made it forward from the semifinal stage in the Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef, and Outstanding Bar Program categories. Here’s a list of the semifinalists from New York.
And below is who made the finalist list.
Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit
Missy Robbins, Lilia
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Natasha Pickowicz, Flora Bar
Miro Uskokovic, Gramercy Tavern
Alex Raij and Eder Montero (La Vara, Saint Julivert Fisherie, Txikito)
Jason Wang, Xi’an Famous Foods
Outstanding Wine Program
Design for Alternative Eating and Drinking Places
Stonehill Taylor, MCR/Morse Development and Aaron Sciandra, Connie at the TWA Hotel
Best Chef: New York State
Sean Gray, Momofuku Ko
Brooks Headley, Superiority Burger
Alex Stupak, Empellón
Junghyun Park, Atomix
Daniela Soto-Innes, Atla
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards.