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Who will win this year's coveted James Beard Awards for

Dianna Daoheung, Black Seed Bagels, New York City

Outstanding Baker and Outstanding Pastry Chef? The finalists

Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, Brooklyn, New York

have been revealed.

Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Café, Cambridge,

Final nominees for the 28th annual awards were announced in

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, b. patisserie, San Francisco

March. The Outstanding Baker category is represented by six

Alison Pray, Standard Baking Co., Portland, Maine

finalists, while the Outstanding Pastry Chef category is repre-

Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread, Chicago

sented by five finalists. Bake has profiled five of the six top
bakeries over the past two years.

Outstanding Pastry Chef finalists
or breads in a restaurant, and who serves as a national standard

Award category winners, will be announced at the 2018 James

bearer of excellence. Must have been a pastry chef or baker for

Beard Awards Gala on May 7 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

the past five years.)

Past winners of the James Beard Outstanding Baker Award are

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans

Mark Furstenberg (2017) of Bread Furst in Washington, D.C.,

Meg Galus, Boka, Chicago

Joanne Chang (2016) of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston, and Jim

Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Lahey (2015) of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City. This

Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama

year marks the fourth year of the Outstanding Baker award.

Diane Yang, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Outstanding Baker finalists

When Leong was just 20 years old, this talented pastry chef

Belinda Leong of b. patisserie offers an inspirational example

began her illustrious career in San Francisco, only to discover a

of a finalist who is raising the bar of excellence for the retail

yearning to learn all that she possibly could about the craft of

bakery and pastry world.

pastry and baking.

(Qualifications: A chef or baker who prepares breads, pastries,

Then she was off to Paris, Barcelona and Copenhagen. Two

or desserts in a retail bakery, and who serves as a national stan-

years in Europe proved to be a groundbreaking experience. She

dard-bearer of excellence. Must have been a baker or pastry

longed to start her own place someday and returned to the San

chef for at least five years.)

Francisco Bay area to realize this dream.

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(Qualifications: A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries,
Each category's winner, along with all the other James Beard

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