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Brandon Jew, chef-owner of Mister Jiu’s, was nominated for a James Beard Media Award.

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On Wednesday, the James Beard Foundation announced its latest batch of nominations: the Media Awards. Three Bay Area chefs and cookbook authors made it onto the list of nominees.

Brandon Jew, the chef-owner of Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Mister Jiu’s, and co-author Tienlon were nominated in the “restaurant and professional” category for their cookbook “Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories From the Birthplace of Chinese American Food.”

San Francisco author Kristina Cho was nominated in the “baking and desserts” category for her debut cookbook “Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries,” which was lauded for being the first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafes

Oakland-based vegan chef and author Bryant Terry was nominated twice: in the “US foodways” category for “Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From across the African Diaspora” and in the “vegetable-focused cooking” category for “Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes.”


San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho also received a nomination for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another).

The winners of the Media Awards will be announced at a ceremony on June 11. The James Beard Foundation will also announce the winners of its restaurant and chef awards on June 13, for which a number of Bay Area locals are in the running. Back in March, prolific Bay Area chef Martin Yan was already named the winner of the 2022 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.



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