Here are the seven KC restaurants nominated for the James Beard Awards

Dishes From James Beard Nominee Chewology / Photo Taken By Zach Bauman

The Oscars of the food world, otherwise known as the James Beard Awards, released their 2024 list of semifinalist nominees today. The James Beard Foundation, which divvies out the awards is considered a major force in America’s fine dining scene, annually recognizing the most noteworthy chefs and restaurants – KC’s own Yoli Tortilleria won Outstanding Bakery last year. This year, KC is well represented with seven chefs and restaurants nominated for various categories.

This year’s local semi-finalists: 

Best Emerging Chef – Chef Jeff Workman at The Campground. Workman took over The Campground’s kitchen last year and, upon a recent visit, wowed with his contemporary, yet comforting, cooking style.

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages ProgramAffäre. This German restaurant is run by German-born Master Chef Martin Heuser and his wife Katrin, who manages the restaurant’s stellar bar program.

Outstanding BarDrastic Measures. The Shawnee cocktail bar was a James Beard finalist last year and remains a favorite of Kansas City Magazine.

Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist

Congrats to our worthy and talented nominees. This year’s winners will be announced April 3.

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