Gru Sacramento's Founder Named Finalist for 2024 James Beard Awards

Bu “Billy” Nko, founder of Crew Restaurant in Sacramento, is close to winning a prestigious culinary award for best chef in California. The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards on Wednesday. Ngo is now one of five California finalists in her category. Other contenders for Best Chef: Jeff Davis with Burdell in Oakland, Rogelio Garcia with Lord Maynard Lera in Calistoga, Kuya Lord with Lord Maynard Lera in Los Angeles, Tara Manchot with Kuya Lord San Diego with Anime, and in January, Enko was one of the 20 chefs. Sacramento. (Previous coverage in video above.)| Also | Find Sacramento chefs featured on 'Breaking Bread' here. His biography says he was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong before moving to Sacramento at 8 months old. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, in 2005 he opened Gru, a contemporary Japanese cuisine restaurant and bar, after working at sushi restaurants in Sacramento. And look. The James Beard Awards are considered the Oscars of the food industry. This year's winners will be announced at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards on June 10 in Chicago. The event will be broadcast live on Eater. | Previous coverage in the video below | Check out the best stories from Farm to Fork: Sushi at Gru California | Download our app.

Bu “Billy” Nko, founder of Crew Restaurant in Sacramento, is close to winning a prestigious culinary award for best chef in California.

The James Beard Foundation has announced Finalists on Wednesday for its 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

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Ngo is now one of five California finalists in her category. Other contenders for Best Chef:

  • Jeff Davis with Burdell in Oakland
  • Rogelio Garcia with gold in Calistoga
  • Lord Maynard Lera with Kuya Lord in Los Angeles
  • Tara Manchot with Sol in San Diego

In January, Enko was one of 20 chefs named as semifinalists and the only one representing Sacramento.

(Previous coverage in video above.)

| Also | Where to Find Sacramento Chefs Featured on 'Breaking Bread'

Ngo was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong and moved to Sacramento at 8 months old. According to his biography.

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and working at sushi restaurants in Sacramento, he opened Gru, a contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, in 2005.

Enko is the founder of Fish Face Poke Bar, Healthy Hounds Kitchen and Kodaiko Ramen and Bar.

The James Beard Awards are considered the Oscars of the food industry.

This year's winners will be announced at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards on June 10 in Chicago. The event will be broadcast live on Eater.

| Previous coverage in the video below | Farm to Fork: Sushi at Crew

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