The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit that cheerleads restaurants, foods, and the chefs on a whole 'nother level. The awards they present are very prestigious and celebrated by those who seek to win an award, themselves.

Think of it like the Oscars for chefs and restaurants.

Yakima's own Los Hernandes Tamales is such a winner.

They announced the nominees for 2024 and it's nice to see so many restaurants and chefs representing the Pacific Northwest.

Here are the nominees for the James Beard Awards representing our region according to Again, these aren't the winners but they're nominated with others from across the United States in these categories.

Outstanding Restaurateur
Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham, Phở Bắc Súp Shop, Phởcific Standard Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA

Outstanding Chef
Sarah Minnick, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, Portland, OR

Outstanding Restaurant
Langbaan, Portland, OR

Emerging Chef
Janet Becerra, Pancita, Seattle, WA

Best New Restaurant
Bar Bacetto, Waitsburg, WA
Hayward, McMinnville, OR

Outstanding Bakery
JinJu Patisserie, Portland, OR

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)
Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA
Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle, WA
Avery Adams, Matia Kitchen, Orcas Island, WA
Gregory Gourdet, kann, Portland, OR
Josh Dorcak, Mas, Ashland, OR

Nothing from Yakima this year, or even Eastern Washington for that matter. I could see some quaint eatery in Walla Walla win some year, or the people at Crafted take home something sometime, but in the meantime we can still cheer on those here on our area.

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