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Here Are New Orleans’s James Beard Award Finalists for 2020

Here’s the full list local chefs and restaurants up for awards

Ten New Orleans chefs and restaurants are finalists for the 2020 James Beard Awards
Photo by Victor Spinelli/WireImage

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2020 awards finalists during a live-streamed, virtual event today, May 4, after postponing the original March 25 event due to COVID-19. Of the 14 New Orleans chefs and restaurants that received nominations in eight categories, a whopping ten local finalists remain in the running for awards.

Last year, after 14 New Orleans chefs and restaurants received nominations and five were named finalists, New Orleans was represented in just one winning category — Willa Jean’s Kelly Field’s took home Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The Foundation also announced the awards ceremony will be held Friday, September 25 in Chicago, with event details to come. For the full list of national finalists, see here.

Here is the 2020 New Orleans short list:

Best Chefs: South

Outstanding Wine Program

Outstanding Baker

Outstanding Hospitality

Outstanding Restaurateur

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Chef

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


1413 Upperline Street, , LA 70115 (504) 891-9822 Visit Website


514 City Park Avenue, , LA 70119 (504) 482-6845 Visit Website


611 O'Keefe Avenue, , LA 70113 (504) 518-6345 Visit Website


701 Saint Charles Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 524-4114 Visit Website


2800 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 265-0421 Visit Website

Bellegarde Bakery

8300 Apple Street, , LA 70118 (504) 827-0008 Visit Website

Turkey and the Wolf

739 Jackson Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 218-7428 Visit Website


700 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Visit Website

Toups Meatery

845 North Carrollton Avenue, , LA 70119 (504) 252-4999 Visit Website