A Guam son is an official James Beard Award winner. 

On Saturday evening, Rioin Oshiro, founder of Undercurrent film company, was presented the 2024 James Beard Award in the category for 'Visual Media-Short Form' during a ceremony held in Chicago for his first big film ‘Great Wall.’ 

The 21-minute documentary is about his friend Khailing Neoh, a determined Chinese-American businesswoman following her dreams in South Carolina of opening a dim sum bar.

“We're a small company in Greenville, South Carolina, super small but both of us we came from different places but united through food. I just want to say thank you to everyone here, we're amongst the greatest storytellers in the food and beverage space. We're humbled and grateful,” said Oshiro. 

The award recognizes “excellence in a food-related video production broadcast, streamed, accessed online, or through an app.” 

Oshiro told KUAM after the win, “I’m just speechless! All glory to god. Tonight, my very first short documentary I directed became a James Beard Award winner. It is something I’ll cherish forever.”