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

James Beard Award 2018: ICC Alumni Semifinalists & Finalists

Each year, we are always so proud to see alumni and Deans of the International Culinary Center recognized for excellence in their field. With the recent announcements from the James Beard Foundation, we’d like to congratulate the following ICC alumni [and Dean!] for being recognized in the list of 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalists!

Following last year’s ceremony, ICC Dean and Chef, David Kinch, is nominated again for Outstanding Chef! Philadelphia institution Zahav, co-owned by ICC alumnus Steven Cook, is also nominated again for Outstanding Service. To view all ICC alumni nominees [and winners!] from the 2017 Awards, click here.


[UPDATE] With the announcement of the 2018 James Beard Award Book & Media nominees, ICC alumni and deans have received 19 nominations combined! Congratulations to the seven alumni and our dean David Kinch who made it on the short list in their respective categories! The winners will be announced later this spring, stay tuned.


2018 James Beard Award Semifinalist & Finalists [ICC Alumni & Dean List]

Orange indicates selection as finalist

Outstanding Chef Category:

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

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

Alex Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis, MN [Culinary Arts ‘93]


Outstanding Restaurant:

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

Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC [David Chang, Culinary Arts ‘01]

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


Outstanding Service:

The Red Cat, NYC [David Battin, Culinary Arts ‘12]

Saison, San Francisco [Joshua Skenes, Culinary Arts ‘01]

Sepia, Chicago [Andrew Zimmerman, Culinary Arts ‘00]

Zahav, Philadelphia [Steven Cook, Culinary Arts ‘00]


Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Brittanny Anderson, Brenner Pass, Richmond, VA [Culinary Arts, ‘09]

Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ [Culinary Arts, ‘02]


Best Chef: New York City

Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske, Contra [Culinary Arts, ’07 and Culinary Arts ’09 | Pastry Arts ’10, respectively]


Best Chef: West

Evan Rich and Sarah Rich, Rich Table, San Francisco [Sarah Rich, Culinary Arts ‘01]

Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco [Culinary Arts ‘01]


Book Awards: Reference, History, and Scholarship

Peppers of the Americas | Author: Maricel E. Presilla | Lorena Jones Books [Maricel E. Presilla, Culinary Techniques ‘93]


Broadcast Media Awards: Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

The Bobby and Damaris Show | Hosts: Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips | Airs on: Food Network [Bobby Flay, Culinary Arts ‘84]


Journalism Awards: Dining and Travel

“The Eating Season” | Author: Tyler Kord | Bon Appétit [Tyler Kord, Culinary Arts ‘02]


Journalism Awards: Profile

“The Untold Story of the Lady from Louisville and the Bubbe Who Wasn’t There” | Author: Rebecca Flint Marx | Taste [Rebecca Flint Marx, Culinary Arts ‘08]


The 2018 James Beard Award Winners will be announced May 7, 2018. The 2018 Media Awards will be held on April 27, 2018. For the full list of 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalists, click here.