Belated Honors

Oh, Hey: Here Are Seattle's 2020 James Beard Award Nominees

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi! Canlis! Books!

By Stefan Milne May 4, 2020

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Revel and Joule. 

Typically, the James Beard Awards would've been today. But coronavirus has rearranged reality, and the James Beard Foundation has turned its current attentions toward helping an industry in dire straits. The foundation has decided to continue with the awards since many felt they’d bring “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time." The ceremony has been postponed until September 25, with the media winners announced on May 27. Today, instead, the JBF put out its list of nominees. As usual, they feature some beloved locals—like Canlis for Outstanding Hospitality and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi (who own Joule and Revel) for Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific. Canlis, Yang, and Chirchi were nominated in those categories last year, too. If you want your takeout—or dinner kits—to come with credentials, or you need a few quarantine reads, here you go. 

Media Awards

Personal Essay, Long Form
How Starbucks’ Macchiato Ruined My Indie Coffee Shop Experiences” by Nicole A. Taylor (Thrillist)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind by Nico Slate (University of Washington Press)

Beverage with Recipes
Last Call by Brad Thomas Parsons (a former Seattleite and former Seattle Met contributor)

Health and Special Diets
Cannelle et Vanille by Aran Goyoaga (Sasquatch Books)

Restaurants & Chefs

America’s Classics 2020 Honorees
Oriental Mart, Seattle, WA (previously announced)

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific
Peter Cho, Han Oak, Portland, OR
Gregory Gourdet, Departure, Portland, OR
Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush, Senia, Honolulu
Katy Millard, Coquine, Portland, OR
Kristen Murray, MÅURICE, Portland, OR
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Outstanding Hospitality
Canlis, Seattle

2020 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards—75 Seats and Under
Heliotrope Architects: Rupee Bar, Seattle

Here's the complete list

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