Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Snackbar's Vishwesh Bhatt Wins James Beard Award

Snackbar's Vishwesh Bhatt Wins James Beard Award

Instead, the so-called "Oscars of the food world" gave the Northwest award to Brady Williams of Seattle's venerable Canlis at its annual ceremony in Chicago Monday night, marking the fourth time in five years the honor has gone to a Seattle chef. Closing out his heartfelt speech, he thanked his two children and his wife: "I want to thank my partner in life and my partner in business, who through the past 25 years I never ever would have gotten through these struggles without". Earlier this year, Garden Grove's Pho 79 received an America's Classics award, and was featured in a thoughtful video spotlight with other winners during the ceremony. And the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, based in Northampton, won a Leadership Award for its work to improve conditions for low-wage and immigrant workers in the Western Massachusetts food system.

This was the third year that Fields, who opened Willa Jean in 2015, was nominated for a James Beard Award in this category. "I know how hard this industry is", said Clark.

On the bright side for New England, Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, won the award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.

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It was the fifth year in a row that the awards ceremony took place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. "Here I am, my ancestors' wildest dreams", he said. Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., spoke of sitting at an expanding table: Let us not exclude people, he said. Zahav, with its modern Israeli cuisine, won the outstanding restaurant award.

Presented annually since 1990, the awards recognize excellence in food, drink, service, restaurant design and more.

The media awards were announced in late April.

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