Did you hear? The James Beard Semifinalists are here!

Posted March 3, 2020 by Alison Conklin

It’s that time of year: The James Beard Semifinalists have been announced, and our team has been glued to our screens to see all the nominees. From bakers to brewers, this list is full of the best of the best in the industry. And the best part? Some of our friends have made the list!

Nothing makes us happier than to see past Honey Summit attendees make the list. Last year’s Outstanding Baker Winner, Greg Wade, is a two time alumnus and long-time friend of the National Honey Board. And of this year’s 20 Best Baker nominees, nine of them are past Honey Baking Summit attendees. 

But our list doesn’t stop there. Several other nominees will be joining us this June for our Honey Baking and Beer Summits. We look forward to meeting them and forming the same friendships with them as we have with all our past alumni. We wish them the best of luck as the James Beard list hones in on its 2020 winners!

Here is a full list of our friends up for nominations of the 2020 James Beard Awards:

Outstanding Baker

Kim Boyce, Bakeshop, Portland, OR — 2018 Alumna

Evrim Dogu and Evin Dogu, Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, VA — 2019 Alumni

Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery, Philadelphia — 2017 Alumna

Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, NYC — 2016 Alumnus

Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery, Cambridge, MA — 2018 Alumna

Lisa Ludwinski, Sister Pie, Detroit — 2017 Alumna

Nathaniel Reid, Nathaniel Reid Bakery, Kirkwood, MO — 2019 Alumnus

Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA — 2019 Alumna

Chris Wilkins, Root Baking Co., Atlanta — 2019 Alumnus

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Emily Spurlin, Lula Cafe, Chicago — 2018 Alumna

Best Chef: Great Lakes

Ethan Pikas, Cellar Door Provisions, Chicago — 2015 and 2016 All-Stars Alumnus

Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer

Jean Broillet IV, Tired Hands Brewing Company, Ardmore, PA  — 2018 Alumna

Jeffrey Stuffings and Michael Stuffings, Jester King Brewery, Austin — 2017-2020 Host of the Spring Honey Beer Summit

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