Jancis Robinson wins big in the 2020 James Beard Awards

james beard award 2020 British winners

Over in America, the 2020 James Beard Award have been announced and there were several British names up for contention.

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 winners and shortlisted nominees 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.

The biggest British winner this year was wine writer Jancis Robinson. Not only did she pick up an award for the World Atlas of Wine she co-authored with Hugh Johnson, but she was also co-opted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame. 

Here's the full list of British nominees and winners. 


Television Program, on Location

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


Beverage without recipes books

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

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



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

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


Restaurant and Professional

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


Single Subject

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

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

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


Audio Program

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



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