0 0
Read Time:11 Minute, 39 Second

The James Beard Foundation® announced its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists in advance of the James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One. The full list of 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists can be found below and on the James Beard Foundation website. Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“Congratulations to all our 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists! This is always an exhilarating moment as we kick off the Awards cycle and recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams across the country,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “After a year of fundamental changes, we look forward to building on the progress made, celebrating those paving a better future for us all—through their talent and craft, service to others, and commitment to a better, more sustainable industry. We look forward to sharing more exciting details for the 2023 ceremonies in the coming days.”

The James Beard Awards, considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors, recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards—established in 1990 and first awarded in 1991—are one of five separate recognition programs of the Awards. This Awards program celebrates excellence across a range of experiences, from fine-dining establishments to casual gems, and emerging talents to established masters. The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists are recognized across 23 categories, including the new Award for Outstanding Bakery. James Beard Awards policies and procedures can be viewed at jamesbeard.org/awards/policies, and an overview of the voting process can be viewed here.

The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists are…

Outstanding Restaurateur

A restaurateur who uses their establishment(s) as a vehicle for building community, demonstrates creativity in entrepreneurship and integrity in restaurant operations, and is making efforts to create a sustainable work culture, while contributing positively to their broader community.

  • Mohamed Ali Alkassar and Niven Patel, Alpareno Restaurant Group (Ghee Indian Kitchen, Orno, and Mamey), Miami, FL

  • Brandon Chrostowski, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute (EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, edwins too, EDWINS Bakery, and others), Cleveland, OH

  • Krista Cole, Sur Lie and Gather Restaurant, Portland, ME

  • Greg Dulan, Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, Dulan’s on Crenshaw, and Dulanville, Los Angeles, CA

  • Laile Fairbairn, Locally Grown Restaurants (Snow City Cafe, South Restaurant + Coffeehouse, and Spenard Roadhouse), Anchorage, AK

  • Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster, Foster Supply Hospitality (The DeBruce, Arnold House Tavern, and Kenoza Hall), NY

  • Aaron Hoskins, Sarah Simmons, Nicole Storey, and Elie Yigo, City Grit Hospitality Group (SmallSUGAR, CITY GRIT, and Il Focolare Pizzeria), Columbia, SC

  • Yuka Ioroi and Kris Toliao, Cassava, San Francisco, CA

  • Michael and Tara Gallina and Aaron Martinez, Take Root Hospitality (Vicia, Winslow’s Table, Bistro La Floraison, and others), St. Louis, MO

  • Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed, Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria, Nashville, TN

  • Johnna Hayes and Debra Zinke, 3 Sirens Restaurant Group (Bird & Bottle, Holé Molé, Shakey Jakes, and others), Tulsa, OK

  • Amy and Jason Kerstein, Joe Muench, and Dan Snider, Black Shoe Hospitality (Story Hill BKC and Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails), Milwaukee, WI

  • Sandy Levine, Freya, Chartreuse, and The Oakland, Detroit, MI

  • Albert McDonald, The Mint, Pizza Campania, and Backcountry Burger Bar, Bozeman, MT

  • Yenvy and Quynh Pham, Phở Bắc Sup Shop, Phởcific Standard Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA

  • Michael Reginbogin and Jason Berry, KNEAD Hospitality + Design (MI VIDA, Lil’ SUCCOTASH, and GATSBY), Washington, D.C.

  • Jimmy and Johnny Tung, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi, Doshi, and Camille, Orlando, FL

  • Kelly Whitaker, Id Est Hospitality Group (Basta, The Wolf’s Tailor, and BRUTØ), Boulder, CO

  • Chris Williams, Lucille’s Hospitality Group, Houston, TX

  • Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, a.kitchen + bar, High Street Philly, and others), Philadelphia, PA

Outstanding Chef

A chef who sets high culinary standards and has served as a positive example for other food professionals, while contributing positively to their broader community.

  • Junior Borges, Meridian, Dallas, TX

  • Nina Compton, Compère Lapin, New Orleans, LA

  • Greg Collier, Leah & Louise, Charlotte, NC

  • Renee Erickson, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, WA

  • Shigeru Fukuyoshi, Sagami, Collingswood, NJ

  • Christine Ha and Tony J. Nguyen, Xin Chào, Houston, TX

  • Andrew Le, The Pig and the Lady, Honolulu, HI

  • Johnny Leach, The Town Company, Kansas City, MO

  • Rachel Miller, Nightshade Noodle Bar, Lynn, MA

  • Eder Montero and Alex Raij, La Vara, Brooklyn, NY

  • David Nayfeld, Che Fico, San Francisco, CA

  • Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles, CA

  • Josh Niernberg, Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction, CO

  • Erik Ramirez, Llama Inn, Brooklyn, NY

  • Dana Rodriguez, Super Mega Bien, Denver, CO

  • Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster, Washington, D.C.

  • Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café, Phoenix, AZ

  • Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson, MI

  • Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL

  • David Vargas, Vida Cantina, Portsmouth, NH

Outstanding Restaurant Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water

A restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community.

  • Ariete, Miami, FL

  • Brennan’s, New Orleans, LA

  • Cassia, Santa Monica, CA

  • La Condesa, Austin, TX

  • Copine, Seattle, WA

  • Cora Cora, West Hartford, CT

  • Friday Saturday Sunday, Philadelphia, PA

  • The Grey, Savannah, GA

  • Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm, Boulder, UT

  • Lucia, Dallas, TX

  • Mita’s, Cincinnati, OH

  • Mourad, San Francisco, CA

  • PAGU, Cambridge, MA

  • Proper Meats + Provisions, Flagstaff, AZ

  • RIS, Washington, D.C.

  • Red Rose Restaurant, Lowell, MA

  • Smyth, Chicago, IL

  • Veselka, New York, NY

  • Via Carota, New York, NY

  • Wickman House, Ellison Bay, WI

Emerging Chef Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

A chef who displays exceptional talent, character, and leadership ability, and who is likely to make a significant impact in years to come, while contributing positively to their broader community.

  • Kane Adkisson, kanō, Omaha, NE

  • Bernard Bennett, Ọkàn, Bluffton, SC

  • Damarr Brown, Virtue, Chicago, IL

  • Victoria Elizondo, Cochinita & Co., Houston, TX

  • Julio Hernandez, Maiz de la Vida, Nashville, TN

  • Jamie Hoang, Ahan, Madison, WI

  • Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti, Los Angeles, CA

  • Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin, Best Quality Daughter, San Antonio, TX

  • Telly Justice, HAGS, New York, NY

  • Vinh Le, Cicada Coffee Bar, Cambridge, MA

  • Amado Lopez, Casa Amado Taqueria, Berkley, MI

  • Christian Lowe, Shift Kitchen & Bar, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Serigne Mbaye, Dakar NOLA, New Orleans, LA

  • Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino, Cafe Ohlone, Berkeley, CA

  • Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill, New York, NY

  • Bo Porytko, Misfit SnackBar, Denver, CO

  • Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club, Philadelphia, PA

  • Kevin Smith, Beast & Cleaver, Seattle, WA

  • Elias Taddesse, Mélange, Washington, D.C.

  • Akino West, Rosie’s, Miami, FL

Best New Restaurant

A restaurant opened between January 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022, that already demonstrates excellence in cuisine, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations while contributing positively to its broader community, and seems likely to make a significant impact in years to come. Those establishments that have opened after September 30, 2022, can be considered for the 2024 awards.

  • Al Coro, New York, NY

  • The Backporch, Roundup, MT

  • Bar Spero, Washington, D.C.

  • Birch & Rye, San Francisco, CA

  • Causa, Washington, D.C.

  • Dept of Culture, New York, NY

  • Don Artemio, Fort Worth, TX

  • Et Al., Tulsa, OK

  • The Friar’s Fork, Alamosa, CO

  • Heavy Metal Sausage Co., Philadelphia, PA

  • Heff’s Burger Club, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Kann, Portland, OR

  • Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining, Chicago, IL

  • KRU, Brooklyn, NY

  • La Royal, Cambridge, MA

  • Lupi & Iris, Milwaukee, WI

  • Nami Kaze, Honolulu, HI

  • Neng Jr.’s, Asheville, NC

  • Nolia, Cincinnati, OH

  • Obélix, Chicago, IL

  • ōkta, McMinnville, OR

  • Pijja Palace, Los Angeles, CA

  • Pizza Grace, Birmingham, AL

  • Restaurant Beatrice, Dallas, TX

  • Sambou’s African Kitchen, Jackson, MS

  • Stissing House, Pine Plains, NY

  • Tatemó, Houston, TX

  • Tatsu, Dallas, TX

  • Yangban Society, Los Angeles, CA

  • wolfpeach, Camden, ME

Outstanding Bakery

New in 2023, this category recognizes a baker of breads, pastries, or desserts that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations while contributing positively to its broader community.

  • Angelo Brocato, New Orleans, LA

  • Breadshop, Honolulu, HI

  • Buena Gente Cuban Bakery, Decatur, GA

  • La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson, TX

  • Denise’s Delicacies, Philadelphia, PA

  • Friends & Family, Los Angeles, CA

  • Fujiya Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI

  • Good Cakes and Bakes, Detroit, MI

  • Grist Milling & Bakery, Missoula, MT

  • Haymaker Bun Company, Middlebury, VT

  • JL Patisserie, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ

  • Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas, TX

  • La Patisserie Chouquette, St. Louis, MO

  • Mighty Bread Co., Philadelphia, PA

  • Normal Ice Cream, Salt Lake City, UT

  • She Wolf Bakery, New York, NY

  • Unforgettable Bakery & Cafe, Savannah, GA

  • Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop, San Francisco, CA

  • Yoli Tortilleria, Kansas City, MO

  • Zak the Baker, Miami, FL

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

The former Outstanding Pastry Chef and Outstanding Baker categories have been combined into one, Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker. This category recognizes a pastry chef or baker who makes desserts, pastries, or breads. Candidate demonstrates exceptional skills and can be affiliated with any food business and does not need a brick-and-mortar presence. Candidate contributes positively to their broader community.

  • Veronika Baukema, Veronika’s Pastry Shop, Billings, MT

  • Manuel and Jesús Brazón, Caracas Bakery, Doral, FL

  • Vince Bugtong, Viridian, Oakland, CA

  • Mariela Camacho, Comadre Panadería, Austin, TX

  • Ismael de Sousa, Reunion Bread Co, Denver, CO

  • Nora Faye Allen, Mel the Bakery, New York, NY

  • Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery, Portland, ME

  • Andrew Hutchison, Madison Sourdough, Madison, WI

  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW Restaurant, Honolulu, HI

  • Crystal Kass, Valentine, Phoenix, AZ

  • Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA

  • Noelle Marchetti, Yolan, Nashville, TN

  • Shawn McKenzie, Café Cerés, Minneapolis, MN

  • Camari Mick, The Musket Room, New York, NY

  • Anne Ng, Bakery Lorraine, San Antonio, TX

  • Kareem Queeman, Mr. Bake, Riverdale, MD

  • Emily Riddell, Machine Shop, Philadelphia, PA

  • Phillip Ashley Rix, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Memphis, TN

  • Elaine Uykimpang Bentz, Café Mochiko, Cincinnati, OH

  • Amanda Wildermuth, Honey Road, Burlington, VT

Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines

A restaurant, bar or other food and drinking establishment that fosters a sense of hospitality among its customers and staff that serves as a beacon for the community and demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations while contributing positively to its broader community.

  • The Black Cypress, Pullman, WA

  • Bottega, Birmingham, AL

  • Charleston, Baltimore, MD

  • Here’s Looking at You, Los Angeles, CA

  • House of Prime Rib, San Francisco, CA

  • Lark, Seattle, WA

  • Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Hudson, NY

  • The Local, Abilene, TX

  • Lula Drake, Columbia, SC

  • Manoli’s, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Melba’s, New York, NY

  • Pêche., Palisade, CO

  • The Quarry, Monson, ME

  • The Restaurant at 1900, Mission Woods, KS

  • Sepia, Chicago, IL

  • SMOKE. Woodfire Grill, Tulsa, OK

  • Sur Lie, Portland, ME

  • Theodore Rex, Houston, TX

  • Ticonderoga Club, Atlanta, GA

  • Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, PA

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

Expanded from Outstanding Wine Program this year to include other beverages, this award is presented to a restaurant that demonstrates exceptional care and skill in the pairing of wine and other beverages with food while contributing positively to its broader community. This includes the selection, preparation, and serving of wine, cocktails, spirits, coffee, tea, beer or any other beverage with outstanding hospitality and service that helps inform and enhance a customer’s appreciation of the beverage(s). Ethical sourcing and positive contributions to the broader community will also be considered.

  • All Together Now, Chicago, IL

  • Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA

  • COTE, New York, NY

  • Flight Wine Bar, Washington, D.C.

  • Foam Brewers, Burlington, VT

  • FRIDA Southwest, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Glai Baan, Phoenix, AZ

  • Hiyu Wine Farm, Hood River, OR

  • Lazy Bear, San Francisco, CA

  • Lyla Lila, Atlanta, GA

  • Macchialina, Miami Beach, FL

  • Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

  • Nancy’s Hustle, Houston, TX

  • OK Omens, Portland, OR

  • OTOTO, Los Angeles, CA

  • Rebel Rebel, Somerville, MA

  • Spencer, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Suerte, Austin, TX

  • Sunday Vinyl, Denver, CO

  • Waxlight Bar à Vin, Buffalo, NY

Outstanding Bar

Expanded to include wine and other beverages, this award is presented to a wine bar, beer bar, cocktail bar, coffee bar, or any other business whose primary offering is beverage and that demonstrates consistent excellence in curating a selection or in the preparation of drinks, along with outstanding atmosphere, hospitality, and operations while contributing positively to its broader community.

  • Allegory, Washington, D.C.

  • American Solera, Tulsa, OK

  • Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu, HI

  • Cafe La Trova, Miami, FL

  • Dante, New York, NY

  • Drastic Measures, Shawnee, KS

  • Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Santa Monica, CA

  • Garagiste, Las Vegas, NV

  • The Gin Room, St. Louis, MO

  • Harlem Hops, New York, NY

  • The Jewel Box, Portland, ME

  • Kingfisher, Durham, NC

  • Las Ramblas, Brownsville, TX

  • Le Caveau, Philadelphia, PA

  • Post Office Place, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Rob Roy, Seattle, WA

  • Salud Cerveceria, Charlotte, NC

  • Scratch Brewing Company, Ava, IL

  • Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA

  • Weathered Souls Brewing Company, San Antonio, TX

Best Chef: Texas

Chefs who set high standards in their culinary skills and leadership abilities, and who are making efforts to help create a sustainable work culture in their respective regions while contributing positively to their broader community. Presented by Captial One.

  • Nicola Blaque, The Jerk Shack, San Antonio, TX

  • Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Canje, Austin, TX

  • Damien Brockway, Distant Relatives, Austin, TX

  • Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas, TX

  • Kareem El-Ghayesh, KG BBQ, Austin, TX

  • Jalen Heard, Lane Milne, and Jonny White, Goldee’s Barbecue, Fort Worth, TX

  • Andrew Ho, Andrew Samia, and Sean Wen, Curry Boys BBQ, San Antonio, TX

  • Greg Gatlin, Gatlin’s BBQ, Houston, TX

  • Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston, TX

  • Ai Le, Nam Giao, Houston, TX

  • Olivia López and Jonathan Percival, Molino Olōyō, Dallas, TX

  • Enrique Lozano, El Charlatan, Socorro, TX

  • Emiliano Marentes, ELEMI, El Paso, TX

  • Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, TX

  • Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, José, Dallas, TX

  • Regino Rojas, Revolver Taco Lounge, Dallas, TX

  • John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio, TX

  • Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin, TX

  • Kiran Verma, Kiran’s, Houston, TX

  • Jon Walter, Chez Sami, Wolfforth, TX

About Post Author


Nelli is the Content Manager for two food blogs (and her two cities!): @dallasfoodnerd and @pittsburghfoodnerd. She enjoys trying out new restaurants, traveling and enjoying Tex-Mex on multiple occasions. Connect with her on IG, @pittsburghfoodnerd and @dallasfoodnerd.
0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %