Last week the James Beard Foundation announced their 2019 slate of finalists recognizing outstanding achievement by chefs, restaurants, journalists and authors. Not familiar with the Beard Awards? Think of them as the culinary Oscars. Below find a list of black nominees for this year.

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2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards


Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day

JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls, with Veronica Chambers


Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking

Albert G. Lukas and Jessica B. Harris


Baking and Desserts

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing

Jerrelle Guy



2019 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Outstanding Personality

Marcus Samuelsson-No Passport Required



Racist Sandwich – Erasing Black Barbecue


2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Michael W. Twitty

Back to Where It All Began: I Had Never Eaten in Ghana Before. But My Ancestors Had.”

Bon Appétit



Heaven Was a Place in Harlem”- Vince Dixon



2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Rising Star Chef of the Year 

Kwame Onwuachi-Kith and Kin-Washington, D.C.

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

Mashama Bailey-The Grey-Savannah, GA


2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

A&A Bake & Double Roti Shop-Brooklyn, NY-Owners: Noel and Geeta Brown

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