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The 2022 James Beard Award Winners

JBF Editors

June 13, 2022


2022 Outstanding Chef Mashama Bailey. Photo: Clay Williams

Here are the winners of the 2022 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. Congrats to all!


Outstanding Restaurateur  

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

Outstanding Chef  

  • Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah, GA

Outstanding Restaurant  (Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water)

  • Chai Pani, Asheville, NC

Emerging Chef (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

  • Edgar Rico, Nixta Taqueria, Austin

Best New Restaurant (Presented by BentoBox)

  • Owamni, Minneapolis

Outstanding Pastry Chef 

  • Warda Bouguettaya, Warda Pâtisserie, Detroit

Outstanding Baker 

  • Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ

Outstanding Hospitality (Presented by American Airlines)

  • Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Outstanding Wine Program 

  • The Four Horsemen, NYC

Outstanding Bar Program

  • Julep, Houston

Best Chefs (Presented by Capital One):

Best Chef: California 

  • Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu's, San Francisco

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

  • Erick Williams, Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago

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

  • Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

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: New York State  

  • Chintan Pandya, Dhamaka, NYC

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

  • Nisachon Morgan, Saap, Randolph, VT

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

  • Robynne Maii, Fête, Honolulu

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

  • Ricky Moore, SALTBOX Seafood Joint, Durham, NC

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

  • Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, AL

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

  • Fernando Olea, Sazón, Santa Fe

Best Chef: Texas 

  • Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin


Check out our 2022 America's Classics winners.

Check out our 2022 Leadership Award winners.

Check out our 2022 Media Award winners.

The James Beard Awards are Presented by Capital One

Presented In Association with: Chicago Department of Aviation

Premier Sponsors: Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water®American AirlinesBentoBox, and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Supporting Sponsors: All-Clad MetalcraftersMoet & ChandonSkuna Bay Salmon, and Valrhona

Reception Sponsors: EcolabKendall CollegeLavazza, and Windstar Cruises

Additional Support: Château d’EsclansCristaux InternationalHMSHostNational Restaurant Association, Spire, and Verterra Dinnerware

Broadcast Partner: Intersport

Proud Hosts: Choose Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association

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