James Beard Foundation Awards

James Beard Awards 2019: ICC Alumni Semifinalists

Each year, it brings us such joy to see our alumni and Deans of the International Culinary Center recognized for excellence in their field. With the recent announcement of the 2019 semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, we’d like to congratulate the following ICC alumni [and Dean!] on their nominations. This year, the number of ICC affiliates that made the short list was a staggering 23 semifinalists! We’re so proud to see these talents acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Some of the highlights from this year’s announcement include the recognition of newcomers like Zoe Kanan, Head Baker of Simon & the Whale for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Rikki Giambruno, Owner & Executive Chef of Hyacinth for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Three of this year’s Best New Restaurant semifinalists are led by our graduates both in and out of the kitchen—David Chang (Chef/Owner of Majordomo in LA), Joshua Skenes (Chef/Owner of Angler in SF) and Jhonel Faelnar (Wine Director of Atomix in NYC).

Follow us throughout awards season for updates on the James Beard Foundation Media Awards semifinalists, finalists and award winners! 

2019 JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS [LIST OF ICC ALUMNI & DEAN]

Best New Restaurant:

Angler, San Francisco, CA [Joshua Skenes, Chef/Owner of Saison, Culinary Arts ’01]

Atomix, New York, NY [Jhonel Faelnar, Wine Director of Atomix, Intensive Sommelier Training ’13]

Majordomo, Los Angeles, CA [David Chang, Owner of Majordomo, Culinary Arts ’01]

Outstanding Baker:

Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA [Culinary Arts ’10 & Art of International Bread Baking ’11]

Outstanding Chef:

Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC [Sous Vide Intensive ’12]

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA [ICC Dean]

Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI [Culinary Arts ’00]

Marc Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia, PA [Art of International Bread Baking ’98]

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Zoe Kanan, Simon & the Whale, New York, NY [Pastry Arts ’10]

Whang Suh, Hen & Heifer, Guilford, CT [Pastry Arts ’09]

Outstanding Restaurant:

O Ya, Boston, MA [Tim & Nancy Cushman, Owners of O Ya, Fundamentals of Wine ‘06]

Quince, San Francisco, CA [Aaron Babcock, Sommelier at Quince, Intensive Sommelier Training ’12]

Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis, MN [Alex Roberts, Chef/Owner of Restaurant Alma, Culinary Arts ’93]

Zahav, Philadelphia, PA [Steven Cook, Co-Owner of Zahav, Culinary Arts ’00]

Outstanding Service:

Saison, San Francisco, CA [Joshua Skenes, Chef/Owner of Saison, Culinary Arts ’01]

Rising Star Chef of the Year:

Rikki Giambruno, Hyacinth, St. Paul, MN [Culinary Arts ’12]

Best Chef: Great Lakes:

Kate Williams, Lady of the House, Detroit, MI [Culinary Arts ’07]

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic:

Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collinswood, NJ [Culinary Arts ’02]

Best Chef: New York City:

Angie Mar, Beatrice Inn, New York, NY [Culinary Arts ’11]

Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, Wildair, New York, NY [Culinary Arts, ’07 and Culinary Arts ’09 | Pastry Arts ’10, respectively]

Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito, Don Angie, New York, NY [Culinary Arts ’08]

Best Chef: South:

Melissa Donahue, Sweet Melissa Cafe, Sanibel, FL [Culinary Arts ’01]

Best Chef: West:

Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco, CA [Culinary Arts ’01]

The 2019 James Beard Award Winners will be announced May 6, 2019. The 2019 Media Awards will be held on April 26, 2019. For the full list of 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists, click here