It’s almost that time of the year. The James Beard Awards will be looking to name its 2024 winners, but before then, they have dropped the finalists for this year and several Seattle chefs and restaurants have made the list.

After announcing the semifinalists for the 2024 Awards in January, the nominees for the year were shared on April 3rd.

The James Beard Awards are among the nation’s most prestigious culinary honors. It celebrates those who are “creating exceptional food, food media content, and better food systems, while demonstrating a commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.”

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The 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards nominees are recognized across 22 categories, according to the James Beard Foundation.

“The Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee extends its heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 nominees—an exceptional list of culinary leaders and teams whose unique contributions greatly enrich our industry and broader food culture,” said Restaurant and Chef Committee Co-Chairs, Lauren Saria and Allecia Vermillion.

And here are the Seattle 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards nominees:

Outstanding Restaurateur: Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham, Phở Bắc Súp Shop, Phởcific Standard Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA
Emerging Chef: Janet Becerra, Pancita, Seattle, WA
Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA) :
• Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle, WA
• Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA

Other Washington finalists include:
Best New Restaurant: Bar Bacetto, Waitsburg, WA
Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA): Avery Adams, Matia Kitchen, Orcas Island, WA

We will have to wait and see who wins the awards, which will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on Monday, June 10.