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Here Are Seattle’s 2019 James Beard Award Finalists

Brady Williams, Canlis, and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi make the cut

Brady Williams
Brady Williams is a 2019 James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Northwest.
Sara Kerns

The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation awards were announced this morning, and while the long list of Seattle-area semifinalists has been whittled down significantly, a few strong contenders remain. Here are Seattle’s local nominees, with the winners to be announced May 6 in Chicago.

Outstanding Service

Best Chef: Northwest

  • Brady Williams, Canlis, Seattle
  • Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Outstanding Restaurant Design 75 Seats or Under

  • Heliotrope Architects and Price Erickson Interior Design for Willmott’s Ghost

Canlis is on quite a streak this year. In addition to its finalist nominations in the Outstanding Service and Best Chef: Northwest categories, the fine-dining institution received the foundation’s 2019 Design Icon Award earlier this month.

Representing Seattle elsewhere, local journalist Rebekah Denn is nominated for an award in the Personal Essay, Short Form category for her piece “Savoring the School Lunch” in The Seattle Times. Local writer Audra Mulkern also received a nomination in the Investigative Reporting category for her work with Debbie Weingarten on “‘It’s Not Fair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers” in The Guardian and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. And in the Personal Essay, Long Form category is local Geraldine DeRuiter from for her piece “I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter.”

The full list of nationwide nominees for the James Beard Awards can be found here.


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