Tonight, the James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 winners at an awards ceremony in Chicago, and Seattle’s Edouardo Jordan cleaned up. The awards, sometimes considered equivalent to the Oscars in the food world, are the culmination of months of anticipation, during which a broad list of semifinalists was narrowed down to finalists, and finally, tonight, the winners.
Jordan, of the oft-lauded Salare and Junebaby, nabbed awards in two categories: Best New Restaurant for Junebaby, and Best Chef: Northwest for Salare. These accolades cap off a busy spring for Jordan, who scored a rare three-star review from New York Times critic Pete Wells in March, and last month saw Junebaby named to Food & Wine’s list of 2018 restaurants of the year. Junebaby was also Eater’s Best New Restaurant of 2017.
Other local finalists included Canlis in the Outstanding Restaurant category, and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi for Best Chef: Northwest.
A small selection of locals also took home accolades at the April 27 ceremony of the James Beard Foudation’s Media Awards. And, representing Washington State with a 2018 James Beard America’s Classics Award, announced earlier this year, was Los Hernandez Tamales in Union Gap.
The full list of nationwide James Beard Award winners in all categories can be found here.