Here Are the L.A. Food Folks Nominated for James Beard Awards

The biggest awards in food are moving forward at a tough time for many restaurants

It’s a very tough time for the hospitality industry, but today’s announcement of the 2020 James Beard Foundation Awards nominations may offer a glimmer of good news.

The nominations honor some beloved local figures–but there is an element of the bittersweet in the picks as well. Lincoln Carson is nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef for the amazing pastry program at his restaurant Bon Temps. Sadly, Bon Temps recently announced that it has permanently closed, largely due to the strain of pandemic. Auburn, nominated for the design of its beautiful interior has also shuttered.

During the nominations announcement stream, James Beard Foundation CEO Clare Reichenbach acknowledged the 2020 nominations were dropping amid a strange situation, but attempted to use the moment to remind the public of the important role great restaurants, bars, and food media play in our culture.

“Some of the restaurants announced today are temporarily closed, some are operating in another form, such as take-out or meal relief efforts, whilst others have already announced that they will permanently close,” she said. “Today we acknowledge the accomplishments of all the people behind these restaurants, and the need for everyone to fight for this industry that employs 16 million people and is a vital part of American culture.”

Winners are expected to be announced on May 27 for book and media awards and September 25 for restaurant and chef awards.

L.A. Nominations – 2020 James Beard Awards

Best New Restaurant (for restaurants that opened in 2019):
Nightshade, Los Angeles
Pasjoli, Santa Monica

Rising Star Chef (for chefs age 30 and younger):
Jon Yao, Kato, Los Angeles

Best Chef, California: 
Jeremy Fox, Birdie G’s, Santa Monica
Jessica Koslow, Sqirl, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Lincoln Carson, Bon Temps, Los Angeles
Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Outstanding Wine Program:
Night + Market Sahm, Venice

Outstanding Photography in a Food Book:
Quentin Bacon, Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

Outstanding Personality/Host in Food Broadcasting:
Roy Choi, Broken Bread with Roy Choi, Tastemade/KCET

Outstanding Food Journalism, Columns:
Power Rankings: “The Official Fast Food French Fry Power Rankings”; “The Official Spicy Snack Power Rankings”; “The Official Domestic Beer Power Rankings,” Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times

Outstanding Food Journalism, Foodways:
“An Indigenous Community in Mexico Finds Its Voice—and Strength—in Wild Mushrooms,” Michael Snyder, Los Angeles Times

Outstanding Restaurant Design, 76 Seats and Over:
Klein Agency and ORA, Auburn, Los Angeles

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