Congratulations to Bakery Nouveau’s William Leaman: James Beard Award semi-finalist!

February 19, 2013 at 11:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 12 Comments

11:58 AM TUESDAY: It’s the most prestigious award in the food world, and Bakery Nouveau‘s chef/proprietor William Leaman is a semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Restaurant/Chef Awards, category – of course – Pastry Chef. The winners will be announced in New York City in May, after the finalists are announced in March.

ADDED WEDNESDAY: We stopped by Bakery Nouveau this morning for a photo of the proud nominee. He says he got the word from his wife, and is most appreciative of the congratulations (and continued patronage) of their loyal customers. He says work’s going well on their expansion location in Capitol Hill and he’s particularly proud of the “Slayer” coffee machine they’re getting – a rare and amazing thing – you can even see how the deal brewed.


  1. Wow! That is awesome and very well deserved.

    Comment by Laura — 12:02 pm February 19, 2013 #

  2. So well deserved – anything you get there is amazing!

    Comment by EmmyJane — 12:21 pm February 19, 2013 #

  3. Congrats! I know I would vote for you.

    Comment by AEL — 1:15 pm February 19, 2013 #

  4. maybe I should help them celebrate by going to get a twice-baked almond croissant today… I ‘heart’ bakery nouveau!

    Comment by lina — 1:50 pm February 19, 2013 #

  5. VERY well-deserved! Great the “experts” have noticed, too.

    Comment by Tenaj — 3:30 pm February 19, 2013 #

  6. Bon chance, william!

    Comment by kumalavula — 3:37 pm February 19, 2013 #

  7. Wow, you are doing an amazing job. So glad we can enjoy the fruits!

    Comment by sgs — 6:43 pm February 19, 2013 #

  8. Fantastic news, but no surprise…congratulations.

    Comment by Carraig na Splinkeen — 6:46 pm February 19, 2013 #

  9. Has anyone considered the congestion that this might create for West Seattle drivers? I hope that they will postpone awarding this “award” until we’ve had a chance to evaluate the environmental impact, including a traffic study. If there’s anything that I don’t want, it is more Ballardians coming here for pastries.

    Comment by nate — 7:36 pm February 19, 2013 #

  10. So well deserved we are soooo lucky to have a taste of France in the Junction!

    Comment by Awesome — 7:40 pm February 19, 2013 #

  11. Nate – since BN is expanding to Capitol Hill, that might take a bit of the pressure off :)
    Latest update from our friends at

    Comment by WSB — 8:12 pm February 19, 2013 #

  12. Great news, too bad the service is so poor.

    Comment by QQman — 8:45 pm February 20, 2013 #

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