Four Minnesotans are 2019 James Beard finalists

Christina Nguyen of Hai Hai is a first-time finalist for the James Beard Award of Best Chef: Midwest // Photo by Becca Dilley

The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced from Houston this morning, and four Minnesotans have punched their ticket to the awards galas. They are:

Best Chef Midwest

Ann Kim, Young Joni (See: Kim chats with Steve Hoffman about KFC and Kimchi)

Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe (See: Steve Hoffman’s interview with Malone and chef de cuisine Alan Hlebaen)

Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai (See: Nguyen’s chat with James Norton about omelette larb and the roots of her cooking)

Journalism Awards: Foodways AND the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

Our former Minnesota Spoon columnist Steve Hoffman garners two nominations for What is Northern Food? in Artful Living.

The media awards will be presented on April 26 in NYC, and the chef winners will be announced in Chicago on May 6.