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Here Are the Atlanta Nominees for the 2022 James Beard Awards

Ticonderoga Club, chef Kevin Gillespie, and pastry chef Claudia Martinez are 2022 James Beard Award finalists

Inside the dining room at Ticonderoga Club.
Ticonderoga Club is a 2022 James Beard Award finalist.
Jonathan Phillips
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

After announcing the list of semifinalists last month, the finalists for the 2022 James Beard Foundation awards just dropped, and Ticonderoga Club is among the Atlanta nominees.

Earlier in February, Atlanta soul food institution Busy Bee Cafe was named an America’s Classic, one of six restaurants honored as such by the foundation this year. The award pays tribute to independent and family-owned restaurants that exhibit “timeless appeal” and have been open for more than a decade.

This year marks the return of the annual awards, known as the “Oscars of the food world,” after ceremonies were canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic. It’s also the first awards season to take place following an extensive audit by the foundation to overhaul its policies and procedures in order to be more inclusive and transparent in how nominees are scouted, vetted, and voted upon for awards.

Out of the semifinalist list for 2022, which included Mia Orino and Carlo Gan of Filipino restaurant and pop-up Kamayan ATL for emerging chef, chef Jason Liang of Brush Sushi Izakaya for best chef Southeast, pastry chef Chef Jen Yee for outstanding pastry chef, and Lyla Lila for outstanding wine list, one restaurant and two chefs will represent Atlanta at the awards ceremony in Chicago. No chefs from Atlanta were named finalists in the best chef Southeast category this year.

Below is the full list of the 2022 Atlanta, Georgia, and Alabama nominees. Award winners are announced during a ceremony taking place June 13 at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Chef Claudia Martinez for Miller Union

Outstanding Hospitality

Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market

Outstanding Restaurateur

Chef Kevin Gillespie, Red Beard Restaurants for Gunshow and Revival

Outstanding Chef

Chef Mashama Bailey for the Grey in Savannah, Georgia

Outstanding Restaurant

Chai Pani in Asheville, North Carolina (with a second location in Decatur, Georgia)

Best Chef South

Chef Adam Evans for Automatic Seafood and Oysters in Birmingham, Alabama

Chef Timothy Hontzas for Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood, Alabama

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

The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 662-5999 Visit Website

Southern Belle

1043 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 698-3961 Visit Website

Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 458-4534 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

The Buttery ATL

2137 Manchester Street Northeast, , GA 30324 (678) 235-2654 Visit Website


924 Garrett Street, , GA 30316 (404) 380-1886 Visit Website

Lyla Lila

693 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 963-2637 Visit Website

Georgia Boy

1043 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 698-3961 Visit Website


129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Brush Sushi Izakaya

316 Church Street, , GA 30030 (678) 949-9412 Visit Website

Chai Pani

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

Miller Union

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

Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southwest, , GA 30314 (404) 525-9212 Visit Website