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.
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
Rene Andrade and Roberto Centeno - Bacanora, Phoenix
Jaren Bates and Brett Vibber - The Table at Junipine, Sedona
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.