James Beard Awards 2019 Semifinalists

Valrhona is once again a proud sponsor of the James Beard Awards. For Valrhona, this partnership with the James Beard Foundation embodies our commitment to the pastry community by engaging ourself to promote the future of the industry. 

The theme for this year was “Good food for good” celebrating the benefits of healthy food on the body and Earth. And we are very exciting to announce our that several of our Cercle V members were selected as semifinalists! We wish them the best of luck. 

Congratulations to all semifinalits! 

Outstanding Baker:

Umber Ahmad, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, NYC

Greg Mindel, Neighbor Bakehouse, San Francisco

Nathaniel Reid, Nathaniel Reid Bakery, Kirkwood, MO

Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans

Meg Galus, Boka, Chicago

Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW Restaurant, Honolulu

Diane Moua, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Outstanding Restaurant:

Quince, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago

Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle

Outstanding Service:

Canlis, Seattle

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO


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