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Bay Area Receives 30 Nominations for Restaurant Award and Chef James Beard 2019



SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) – The James Beard Awards semi-finalist list has come out and the gastronomes of the Bay Area are buzzing! The San Francisco Bay Area received 30 applications, more than last year. Fourteen of the nominees are repeat nominees, including those from Reem (California) in San Francisco, the Anglers of San Francisco, Kin Khao, Quince, Nopa, the Greater China of Berkeley and Alameda of Den Sake Brewery, among others.

Best new restaurant
Fisherman, San Francisco
Nyum Bai, Oakland, California

Outstanding baker
Greg Mindel, Bakehouse Neighbor, San Francisco
Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA

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Exceptional bar program
Farm Bar, San Francisco

Outstanding chef
David Kinch, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, California
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco
Christopher Kostow, Meadowood's Restaurant, St. Helena, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Juan Contreras, Crenn Workshop, San Francisco
Michelle Polzine, 20th Century Cafe, San Francisco

Outstanding restaurant
Nopa, San Francisco
Quince, San Francisco

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Exceptional restorer
Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, San Francisco (Chinese Food Mission, The Perennial, Commonwealth)

Outstanding service
Season, San Francisco
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco

Outstanding wine program
Benu, San Francisco
Greater China, Berkeley, CA

Exceptional producer of wine, spirits or beer
Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, St. Helena, California
Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa, California
Lance Winters, St. George Spirits, Alameda, California
Yoshihiro Sako, Den Sake Brewery, Oakland, California

Rising Star, Chef of the Year
Alexander Hong, Sorrel, San Francisco

Best Chef: West
Reem Assil, California Reem, Oakland, California
Gabriela Cámara, Cala, San Francisco
Brandon Rodgers and Ian Scaramuzza, In Situ, San Francisco
Dominica Rice-Cisneros, Cafe Cosecha, Oakland, California
Joshua Skenes, Season, San Francisco
James Syhabout, Clerk, Oakland, California
Karen Taylor, El Molino Central, Sonoma, California
Pim Techamuanvivit, Kin Khao, San Francisco

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