Jun 10, 2024 - News

🧑‍🍳 San Diego chef goes for James Beard gold tonight

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Join Axios Local tonight as we broadcast live from the red carpet at the 33rd annual James Beard Awards in Chicago.

Why it matters: The James Beard Awards are the Oscars for the culinary world.

  • This year, Animae executive chef Tara Monsod is up for Best Chef in California.

The intrigue: She's San Diego's first-ever James Beard Award finalist.

What she's saying: It's an honor to be nominated, and it makes me proud because I'm representing San Diego's diverse culinary scene," she recently told OpenTable.

The vibe: Axios Chicago reporters will interview chefs, celebrities and other culinary leaders as they stroll into the awards gala.

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