Two Alabama chefs are 2022 James Beard Awards Finalists, the “Oscars” of the food world

Automatic Seafood and Oysters in Lakeview(Jacob Blankenship/ Bham Now)

Birmingham’s Automatic Seafood and Oysters Adam Evans and Timothy Hontzas, owner of Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood are finalists in the category of Best Chef in the South.

Described as the “Oscars” of the food world, the James Beard Awards were established in 1990 by the James Beard Foundation to, “recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.”

James Beard Award Finalists

The James Beard Foundation announced this year’s finalists on Wednesday. 

Last month, the organization released its list of semifinalists which included Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook.

Hontzas and Evans are both multi-year nominees and will be competing against each other in the “Best Chef: South” category, which includes chefs from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. 

Over the years, several beloved Birmingham chefs and restaurants have won the prestigious James Beard Award including:

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Winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on Monday, June 13, 2022, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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