Molly Yeh, Ina Garten and Alton Brown Among 2019 James Beard Award Nominees

The food world gears up for its biggest awards nights.

Host Molly Yeh with her finished Baked Donuts with Glazes, as seen on Girl Meets Farm, Season 1

Host Molly Yeh with her finished Baked Donuts with Glazes, as seen on Girl Meets Farm, Season 1

Photo by: Melissa Libertelli

Melissa Libertelli

Ready to feel hungry? This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for its annual awards, the food world’s red carpet spectacular. With two nights of festivities for media and dining, the Beard awards recognize outstanding performance in nearly 60 categories, honoring broadcast media, cookbooks, restaurants and chefs, and more.

The winners will be named in two batches. On Friday, April 26, 2019, the events commence with the 2019 James Beard Media Awards, paying tribute to cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, in New York City. The James Beard Awards Gala, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will take place in Chicago on Monday, May 6, in Chicago, honoring restaurants, chefs and restaurant designs. That event is open to the general public — at $500 a ticket — and is themed for the organization’s mission, Good Food for Good.

Among this year’s nominees for Outstanding Personality/Host is Molly Yeh, who earned the nod for her Food Network show Girl Meets Farm. Samin Nosrat of Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix) and Marcus Samuelsson of No Passport Required (PBS) also nabbed nominations. Ina Garten took home the award last year.

Garten is recognized again this year: Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro is nominated in the category of Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location. Alton Brown also received a nod for Good Eats: Reloaded on Cooking Channel. Pati’s Mexican Table (WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television) rounds out the category.

This year’s nominated cookbooks span several categories. Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball (Little, Brown and Company) and Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press) are nominated in the General category.

It’s an East Coast-West Coast showdown for Best New Restaurant, with nominees including Atomix and Frenchette in New York City facing off against three California restaurants: Angler in San Francisco, and Bavel and Majordomo in Los Angeles.

The Outstanding Chef category includes Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner (Raleigh, North Carolina), David Kinch of Manresa (Los Gatos, California), Corey Lee of Benu (San Francisco), Donald Link of Herbsaint (New Orleans) and Marc Vetri of Vetri Cucina (Philadelphia).

For the complete list of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award nominees, including regional restaurant nominees, click here.

Congrats — and best of luck — to all the nominees.

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