Kelly Fields of Willa Jean wins James Beard Award

May 6, 2019
By: Todd A. Price

The James Beard Awards, the highest honors in the culinary world, were announced Monday night (May 6) in a gala in Chicago. This year, 10 New Orleans chefs and restaurants were nominated. Kelly Fields of Willa Jean, the Southern bakery and restaurant, was the sole local winner of the evening.

Fields was named Outstanding Pastry Chef. This was the third year that Fields, who opened Willa Jean in 2015, was nominated for a James Beard Award in this category.

"If I throw up, I'm sorry," Fields said. "I want to thank my fellow nominees. They're so talented that I didn't prepare a speech." Read more….