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Here Are All of LA’s James Beard Foundation Awards 2020 Semifinalists

Big early nods for Nightshade, Ototo, and a whole lot more

Beef tartare at Pasjoli.
Beef tartare at Pasjoli
Wonho Frank Lee

It’s officially James Beard Foundation Awards season around the country. The longstanding culinary achievement outfit out of New York City today released its semifinalist list for all of its restaurant categories nationwide. As expected, Los Angeles makes a decent showing across a variety of specific awards, particularly in the newly-created all-California chef category. Here’s who is up for what.

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Baker

Outstanding Bar Program

Outstanding Chef

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Outstanding Restaurant

Outstanding Wine Program

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Producer

Rising Star Chef of the Year

  • Jon Yao, Kato, Los Angeles

Best Chef: California

LA’s 2019 Eater Award Winners [ELA]

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards.

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