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Chef Automatic Seafood and Oysters Wins Prestigious Award

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The best chef in the south is right here in Birmingham, according to the James Beard Awards.

Chef Adam Evans of Automatic Seafood and Oysters was named best chef in the southern region at Monday night’s James Beard Awards.

Evans is the executive chef and owner of Automatic, located in Birmingham city centre. The restaurant opened in 2019.

A number of Birmingham chefs have already been nominated or winners of the James Beard Best Chef award, including Frank Stitt at Highlands Bar & Grill, Christopher Hastings at the Hot and Hot Fish Club, Chris Dupont at Cafe Dupont and James Lewis at Bettola.

According to the James Beard Foundation website, the mission of the awards is to recognize outstanding talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media and the broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

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