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Here Are Seattle’s 2020 James Beard Award Finalists

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule are the only chefs to make the cut, while Canlis is nominated for hospitality and Rupee Bar for design

Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang at Joule
Joule chefs Seif Chirchi (left) and Rachel Yang (right) are nominated for a James Beard Award in the Best Chef Northwest category.
Joule [Official Photo]

On Monday afternoon, the list of final nominees for the James Beard Foundation Awards was revealed. The announcement was originally scheduled for March 25, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the James Beard Award Foundation to cancel the planned Philadelphia event and postpone both the finalists reveal and the awards themselves, which will now take place September 25.

Out of the 17 semifinalists from Seattle in chef and main restaurant categories, only two made it to the finalist stage, and another is among the finalists in a restaurant design category. The Foundation previously announced that Oriental Mart, the small Filipino lunch counter that has been a staple of the Pike Place Market for decades, will be one of six recipients for its 2020 America’s Classics Award.

Other than the American Classics winner, the finalists representing Seattle for the 2020 James Beard Awards are:

As of now, the Foundation hasn’t confirmed the format of the September restaurant and chef awards, but is presumably hoping for an in-person ceremony, which would be in Chicago. The 2020 Media Awards will take place online on May 27, covering cookbooks, broadcast media, and journalism.

Check out the full list of finalist nominees here.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards.


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