Ora by Nixta and chefs Ann Ahmed and Christina Nguyen nominated for James Beard awards

3 April 2024

The nominees for the 2024 James Beard Awards have been announced, and the Twin Cities have a few restaurants and chefs on the list.

Ora by Nixta in Northeast Minneapolis has been nominated in the national Best New Restaurant Category, and chefs Ann Ahmed (Khaluna, Gai Noi, and Lat 14) and Christina Nguyen (Hai Hai and Hola Arepa) have been nominated for Best Chef Midwest. They represent two of the five nominees in the category.

The awards, widely considered to be the Oscars of the food world, consist of 22 categories — 10 national and 12 regional. The Best Chef Midwest category encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Awards are held June 10 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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