James Beard Just Announced Its 2019 Semifinalists — See Which 15 (!) Top Chef Names Made the List

James Beard Just Announced Its 2019 Semifinalists — See Which 15 (!) Top Chef Names Made the List

Bravo's Top Chef is fully represented on the James Beard Foundation's 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist list.

By Alesandra Dubin
Welcome to Macau and the Finals of Top Chef!

The James Beard Foundation has just announced the list of semifinalists in the running for its 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards. And — as a matter of pride but hardly any surprise for Bravo's Top Chef — the diverse list includes 15 names associated with the competition.

The names include an array of chefs who competed on the show — all of whom appeared on Season 9 or later with just one exception. Top Chef, now in its 16th season, takes the competition to Kentucky.

After the committee and judges vote, the list will shrink to five finalist nominees in each category, slated to be announced on March 27 at a press conference in Houston. The James Beard Awards Gala is set for May 6 in Chicago.

Check out the Top Chef talents who made the James Beard Foundation 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist list:

Best New Restaurant
Bywater American Bistro – Nina Compton
Lineage – Sheldon Simeon

Outsanding Chef
Sarah Grueneberg

Rising Star Chef
Kwame Onwuachi

Best Chef Great Lakes
Beverly Kim
James Rigato

Best Chef Mid-Atlantic
Nichola Elmi

Best Chef Northeast
Tyler Anderson
Carl Dooley
Tiffani Faison (Season 1)

Best Chef Northwest
Laura Cole
Gregory Gourdet

Best Chef South
Lindsay Autry
Isaac Toups

Best Chef West
Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins

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