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Thursday, January 25, 2024


Rachel Sillcocks and chef Kristina Liedags Compton
of Hilda and Jesse in San Francisco.
Photo by Adahlia Cole, courtesy of Hilda and Jesse

The semifinalists for the 2024 James Beard Foundation Awards have officially been revealed, with many of the country’s top restaurant industry professionals getting lots of love. 

From Best New Restaurant nominees like Dakar NOLA, Foul Witch in New York, and My Loup in Philadelphia to pioneers like Lula Café in Chicago (Outstanding Hospitality), Pineapple & Pearls in D.C. (Outstanding Restaurant), and Jeremy Fox of Birdie G’s in Los Angeles (Outstanding Chef), this year’s class reflects some of the best that the industry has to offer. 

And it’s always a great snapshot of restaurants right now. The prestigious list of multi-category award nominees is exhausting. Being lazy, we’re offering only the Best Chef list from California restaurants. 

 For the complete list go to RESY: Click here

Best Chef: California NOMINEES

Tara Monsod, Animae
• Tara Monsod, Animae, San Diego, CA 

• Diego Argoti, Poltergeist, Los Angeles, CA 

• C-Y Chia and Shane Stanbridge, Lion Dance Cafe, Oakland, CA 

• Geoff Davis, Burdell, Oakland, CA 

• Azalina Eusope, Azalina’s, San Francisco, CA 

• Alex Garcia and Elvia Huerta, Evil Cooks, Los Angeles, CA 

• Rogelio Garcia, Auro, Calistoga, CA 

• Srijith “Sri” Gopinathan, Copra, San Francisco, CA 

• Dima Habibeh, Ammatoli, Long Beach, CA 

• Jeong-In Hwang, San Ho Won, San Francisco, CA 

• Jihee Kim, Perilla, Los Angeles, CA

• Kristina Liedags Compton, Hilda and Jesse, San Francisco, CA 

• Alfonso “Poncho” Martinez, Poncho’s Tlayudas, Los Angeles, CA 

• Lord Maynard Llera, Kuya Lord, Los Angeles, CA 

• Buu “Billy” Ngo, Kru, Sacramento, CA 

• Laura Ozyilmaz and Sayat Ozyilmaz, Dalida, San Francisco, CA 

• Michael Procaccini and Stefano Procaccini, La Parolaccia, Long Beach, CA 

• Alisa Reynolds, My 2 Cents, Los Angeles, CA

• Finn Stern, Daytrip, Oakland, CA 

• Christian Yang, Yang’s Kitchen, Alhambra, CA 

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