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What the Beard Award winners mean for America

The diversity of cuisines and winners shows how far we’ve come

Kwame Onwuachi, chef of Kith & Kin in Washington, D.C., won the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef award for his take on the Nigerian, Jamaican, Trinidadian and New Orleans Creole cuisine. Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint, also in D.C., won the award for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic for his Filipino-inspired cuisine. The winner of the best new restaurant award was

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