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james beard award 2020 British nominees on the shortlist

Over in America, the nominations for the 2020 James Beard Award have been announced and several British names are on this year's shortlist.

If you haven't heard of the awards, think of these as a stateside Oscars, if you like, of the food world. They started 30 years ago and since then have become a barometer of what's hot (and cool) in the culinary world, recognising chefs, restaurants and food writers alike.

This year's nominations include several names that London restaurant-goers are probably familiar with - chief among them Darjeeling Express's Asma Khan whose Chef's Table episode was nominated for Best Television Program on Location. There are also many nominations for British food and drink writers too, with Dishoom's book From Bombay with Love garnering a mention in the Restaurant and Professional books category.

Here's the full list of British nominees:


Television Program, on Location

Chef's Table – Asma Khan,  Airs on: Netflix


Beverage without recipes books

Red & White: An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine: Oz Clarke (Little, Brown Book Group)

World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition: Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Mitchell Beazley)



Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes – Through Darkness and Light: Caroline Eden (Quadrille Publishing)

The Food of Sichuan: Fuchsia Dunlop (W. W. Norton & Company)


Restaurant and Professional

Dishoom: From Bombay with Love: Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, and Naved Nasir (Bloomsbury Publishing)


Single Subject

From the Oven to the Table: Simple Dishes That Look After Themselves: Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)

Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks: Vicky Bennison (Hardie Grant Books)

Sour: The Magical Element That Will Transform Your Cooking: Mark Diacono (Quadrille Publishing)


Audio Program

The Food Programme – The Search for Esiah's Seeds - Airs on: BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds


See the full list here. The winners for the media side of the awards will be announced on 27 May 2020.


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