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Arizona Chefs Show Up Strong at the James Beard Awards 2023 Semifinals

Arizona chefs are all over the James Beard Award semifinals this year.
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. Zee Peralta
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The James Beard Awards are often referred to as the Oscars of food. They are one of the highest honors a chef, baker, or restaurant can earn, and the competition is fierce.

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Jenna Leurquin doing what she does best.
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On Wednesday, January 25, the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalist for the 2023 awards. Arizona chefs have a strong showing this year. Here's who made the cut, and is now in line for a possible 2023 win.

Outstanding Chef - Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe, Phoenix

Outstanding Restaurant - Proper Meats + Provisions, Flagstaff

Emerging Chef - Christian Lowe, Shift Kitchen & Bar, Flagstaff

Outstanding Bakery - JL Patisserie, Phoenix and Scottsdale

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker - Crystal Kass, Valentine, Phoenix

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program - Glai Baan, Phoenix

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Grill master Rene Andrade of Bacanora.
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Best Chef Southwest

Rene Andrade and Roberto Centeno - Bacanora, Phoenix

Jaren Bates and Brett Vibber - The Table at Junipine, Sedona

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Alex and Yotaka Martin run Lom Wong.
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Nephi Craig - Café Gozhóó, Whiteriver

Wendy Garcia - Tumerico, Tucson

Fernando Hernández - Testal, Phoenix

Yotaka and Alex Martin - Lom Wong, Phoenix

The semifinalists will be narrowed down into a list of finalists, announced on March 29, before the awards are given out at a ceremony on June 5.

In the 2022 awards, Arizona chefs Chris Bianco and Don Guerra brought home medals.
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