Kru Sacramento Founder Named 2024 James Beard Awards Finalist

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Buu “Billy” Ngo, founder of Kru restaurant in Sacramento, is getting closer 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 his category. The other contenders for best chef are: Geoff Davis with Burdell in Oakland Rogelio García with Auro in Calistoga Lord Maynard Llera with Kuya Lord in Los Angeles Tara Monsod with Animae in San Diego In January, Ngo was one of 20 chefs named semifinalists and the sole representative Sacramento. (Previous coverage in the video above).| More | Here’s where to find Sacramento chefs featured on ‘Breaking Bread’ Ngo was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong before moving to Sacramento when he was 8 months old, according to his biography. He opened Kru, a contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, in 2005 after graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and then working in sushi restaurants in Sacramento. Ngo is also the founder of Fish Face Poke Bar, Healthy Hounds Kitchen, and Kodaiko Ramen. and Barra. The James Beard Awards are considered the Oscars of the food industry. This year’s winners will be announced June 10 at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony in Chicago. The event will be broadcast live on Eater. | Previous coverage in the video below | Farm to Table: Sushi at KruSee more coverage of California’s top stories here | Download our application.

Buu “Billy” Ngo, founder of Kru restaurant in Sacramento, is getting closer 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 his category. The other candidates for best chef are:

  • Geoff Davis with Burdell in Oakland
  • Rogelio García with Auro in Calistoga
  • Lord Maynard Llera with Kuya Lord in Los Angeles
  • Tara Monsod with Animae in San Diego

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

(Previous coverage in the video above).

| More | Here’s Where to Find the Sacramento Chefs Featured on ‘Breaking Bread’

Ngo was born in a refugee camp in Hong Kong before moving to Sacramento when he was 8 months old. according to his biography.

He opened Kru, a contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, in 2005 after graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and then working in sushi restaurants in Sacramento.

Ngo is also 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 June 10 at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony in Chicago. The event will be broadcast live on Eater.

| Previous coverage in the video below | Farm to Table: Sushi at Kru

See more coverage of California’s top stories here | Download our application.

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