Atlanta's 2019 James Beard Award Nominees

The Oscars of the restaurant world without question are the James Beard Awards.  Just a nomination for a Beard award ensures immortality; a win puts you on a pedestal few ever know.  The 2019 James Beard Award Semifinal Nominees were announced on 3/27 and Atlanta talent is well represented with hopes of getting the win at the ceremony in Chicago on May 6th.  Here are the nominees from operations in Atlanta:

Outstanding Baker

Chris Wilkins of Root Baking Co. at Ponce City Market

Outstanding Bar Program

Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market

Kimball House in Decatur

Also of note, The Atomic Bar in Birmingham, AL

Best Chef Southeast

Brian So of Spring in Marietta

Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue in Atlanta

Ryan Smith of Staplehouse in Atlanta

Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani in Decatur and Asheville, NC

Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah

Rising Star Chef

Nolan Wynn of Banshee in East Atlanta Village

Outstanding Restaurateur

Chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South in Atlanta and Five & Ten and The National in Athens

Steve Palmer of The Indigo Road restaurant group — DonettoO-KuCollettaOak Steakhouse, and Tiny Lou’s in Atlanta and The Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse, and Indaco in Charleston, SC

Outstanding Service

Kimball House in Decatur

Outstanding Wine Program

Miller Union in Atlanta

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Winners in the book/television/journalism categories will be announced at a dinner in New York on April 26.

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