The 2018 James Beard Award Winners

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The James Beard Awards are the most famous and prestigious of the many chef and cooking awards. 

The 2018 James Beard Restaurant and Media Awards celebrate nationwide excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education.

The Outstanding Chef Award went to Gabrielle Hamilton, who is also an outstanding cookbook author and documentary subject.

Bay Area restaurants did particularly well with four different Bay Area locations earning recognition at the awards:

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV): Dominique Crenn (pictured above) for the restaurant, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco.

Outstanding Baker: Belinda Leong and Michel Suas for B. Patisserie, San Francisco.

Outstanding Service: Zuni Café, San Francisco.

Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and over): In Situ, San Francisco.

These are the highlights of the media awards you can check out.
Book of the Year and Writing

The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
General Cooking

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samrin Nosrat
American Cooking

Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley
International Cooking

Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen by Gonzalo Gonzalez Guzman
Health and Special Diets

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb, New Indian Cuisine by Deepa Thomas
Single Subject

The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen
Vegetable Cooking

Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
Baking and Dessert

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks


Check out other James Beard Award winning books.

Highlights of online James Beard Award winners.

Podcast: The Sporkful

Radio Show/Audio Webcast: The Legacy of the Mississippi Delta Chinese

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional: Panna Cooking: Black Bean-Glazed Salmon with Ginger Cabbage

Video Webcast, On Location: Working 24 Hours At...

Visual and Technical Excellence  Food Talkies

Feature Reporting: The NBA's Secret Addiction by Baxter Holmes

Foodways: The Teenage Whaler's Tale by Julia O'Malley

Humor: Pumpkin Spice Life by Maura Judkis

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: Who Owns Uncle Ben? by Shane Mitchell

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