Here Are the 2022 James Beard Award Winners

The James Beards at the Lyric Opera, in Chicago.

At a star-studded ceremony at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, the James Beard Foundation is announcing the winners of its restaurant and chef awards. It’s the first time the ceremony is taking place in person in more than two years, and the energy and excitement in the air is palpable.

Follow our coverage as winners continue to be announced in nearly two dozen categories. OpenTable will continue to update this post as winners are announced. Check out our full coverage of the restaurant and chef nominees here.

Outstanding Hospitality

Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Best New Restaurant

Owamni, Minneapolis

Outstanding Restaurateur

Pizzaiolo Chris Bianco, who owns several Phoenix restaurants including Tratto, took home the prize for outstanding restaurateur. Photo credit: The James Beard Foundation.

Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding Restaurant

Chai Pani, Asheville, NC

Outstanding Chef

Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah, GA

Emerging Chef

Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin

Outstanding Baker

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

Outstanding Wine Program

The Four Horsemen, New York City

Outstanding Bar Program

Julep, Houston

Humanitarian of the Year

Grace Young

Best Chef: California

Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

Fernando Olea of Santa Fe’s Sazón won best chef Southwest. Photo credit: The James Beard Foundation.

Fernando Olea, Sazón, Santa Fe

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Dane Baldwin, The Diplomat, Milwaukee

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY) 

Caroline Glover, Annette, Aurora, CO

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA) 

Honolulu’s Robynne Maii took home best chef Northwest and Pacific for her work at her restaurant Fête. Photo credit: The James Beard Foundation.

Robynne Maii, Fête, Honolulu

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

Best Chef: New York State 

Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka, NYC

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, AL

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Ricky Moore, SALTBOX Seafood Joint, Durham, NC

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

Nisachon Morgan, Saap, Randolph, VT

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago

Best Chef: Texas

Iliana de la Vega, the chef at El Naranjo, in Austin, took home the prize for best chef Texas. Photo credit: The James Beard Foundation.

Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin

Lifetime Achievement

Martin Yan

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