Who from our region is up for the most distinguished restaurant honors in the country?
By Rosin Saez 2/27/2019 at 7:56am
Early this morning the James Beard Foundation released its list of chefs and other food and drink pros in the running for the most prestigious culinary award in all the land. And, no surprise, Seattle fared mighty well.
Up for national awards, there’s Mitch Mayers’s Sawyer for Best New Restaurant (you can read our review if you’re not up to speed on Mayers’s “elegant funhouse”), brothers Schumann—Kit and Jesse, that is, from Sea Wolf Bakers—are up for Outstanding Baker for the first time, and in the Outstanding Wine Program category we’ve got the low-intervention, ahem naturel, wine haven L’Oursin sheparded by the imitable Kathryn Olson. It’s nice to see Anu and Chris Elford’s No Anchor contending for Outstanding Bar Program. Renee Erickson, no stranger to the Outstanding Chef nod, is joined by sushi maestro Shiro Kashiba. And Jay Blackington of Hogstone and Ælder on Orcas Island and Shota Nakajima land on the Rising Star of the Year lineup again. Meanwhile Logan Cox, whose Beacon Hill restaurant Homer opened last fall, is a deserving newcomer to the Best Chef: Northwest category alongside many other praiseworthy chefs.
From here, come March 27, the foundation will whittle this list down to final nominees; the award ceremony happens on May 6 in Chicago.
Without further ado, here are the Seattle semifinalists, with some Portland brethren thrown in, too. See the full list here.
Best New Restaurant
Canard, Portland, OR
Kit Schumann and Jesse Schumann, Sea Wolf Bakers, Seattle
Kim Boyce, Bakeshop, Portland, OR
Outstanding Bar Program
No Anchor, Seattle
Expatriate, Portland, OR
Renee Erickson, Bateau, Seattle
Shiro Kashiba, Sushi Kashiba, Seattle
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Junko Mine, Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle (Ballard Pizza Co., Bramling Cross, Cortina, and others)
Akkapong (Earl) Ninsom, Portland, OR (Langbaan, Hat Yai, PaaDee, and others)
Outstanding Wine Program
Davenport, Portland, OR