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Join Us For a Decade of Taste America

Introducing our TasteTwenty chefs 

JBF Editors

May 03, 2022


Photo of Ann Kim at Taste America Minneapolis
For ten years, the James Beard Foundation has celebrated chefs and local independent restaurants in communities across the globe with Taste America, presented by Capital One. Popping up in cities all across the U.S., from New York City and Chicago to Honolulu, HI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Taste America has featured culinary talent, culture, and stories from hundreds of chefs through the medium of food and drink.  

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary, Taste America is taking on expanded shape by announcing our TasteTwenty chefs. Hailing from across the country, this group of 20 chefs will work together to champion the James Beard Foundation’s mission of Good Food for Good©. Launching in June 2022 through March 2023, this year’s lineup features 15 pop-up dinners and five walk-around tastings, including a national kick-off event in Houston. Guests attending pop-up dinners will enjoy a one-of-a-kind multi-course menu with wine pairings and cocktails, while guests at walk-around tastings will experience a stellar lineup of local chefs preparing signature tastes from their celebrated restaurants. Here is the lineup of participating chefs and events: 

Taste America Tasting Chefs  

  • Shenarri Freeman, Cadence, New York City 
  • Natalia Pereira, Woodspoon, Los Angeles 
  • Chutatip ‘Nok’ Suntaranon, Kalaya, Philadelphia 
  • Taylor Thornhill, Bateau, Seattle 
  • Michelle Wallace, Gatlin's BBQ, Houston

Taste America Tasting Event Cities 

  • Houston 
  • Los Angeles 
  • New York City 
  • Philadelphia  
  • Seattle 

Taste America Pop-up Dinner Chefs  

Taste America Pop-Up Dinners Cities 

  • Atlanta 
  • Boston 
  • Chicago 
  • Denver 
  • Honolulu 
  • Miami 
  • Minneapolis 
  • New Orleans 
  • Orlando, FL 
  • Phoenix 
  • Portland, OR 
  • San Antonio, TX 
  • San Francisco 
  • San Juan, PR 
  • Washington, D.C. 

Tickets for the summer TasteTwenty events in Houston, Orlando, FL, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Boulder, CO are on sale now and can be purchased here. For more information visit,