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Here Are Atlanta’s 2020 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Lazy Betty, 8Arm chef Maricela Vega, Tiny Lou’s pastry chef Claudia Martinez, and Kimball House are James Beard award semifinalists

Lazy Betty in Candler Park is a 2020 James Beard award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant
Ryan Fleisher
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The list of the semifinalists for the 2020 James Beard Foundation awards was just released, and several Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the cut. The annual awards are the equivalent to the “Oscars” in the food world. The finalists are announced on Wednesday, March 25. Winners are announced on Monday, May 4 in Chicago.

Best New Restaurant

Lazy Betty — Candler Park

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Maricela Vega, 8ARM — Virginia-Highland

Best Chef Southeast

Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue — Atlanta

Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor, Heirloom Market BBQ — Cumberland in Cobb County

Leonard Lewis, Bones — Buckhead

Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani — Decatur, GA and Asheville, NC

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Claudia Martinez, Tiny Lou’s — Poncey-Highland

Outstanding Baker

Chris Wilkins of Root Baking Co. at Ponce City Market

Outstanding Bar Program

Kimball House — Decatur, GA

Outstanding Wine Program

Miller Union — west side Atlanta

Outstanding Restaurateur

Steve Palmer of The Indigo Road restaurant group — Donetto, O-Ku, Colletta, Oak Steakhouse, and Tiny Lou’s in Atlanta and The Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse, and Indaco in Charleston, SC

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Winners in the book/television/journalism categories will be announced at a dinner in New York on April 24.

Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Road Southeast, , GA 30339 (770) 612-2502 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website


710 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 Visit Website

Chai Pani

406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-4030 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website

Root Baking Co.

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (470) 639-8046 Visit Website

Lazy Betty

1530 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 975-3692 Visit Website

Miller Union

999 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (678) 733-8550 Visit Website