Here Are NYC’s 2023 James Beard Award Semi-finalists

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The James Beard Foundation revealed on Wednesday that the award scheme is back again as they announce the nominees for the semi-finalists for this year.

The long list of the semifinalist nominees has been announced and kicks off a busy season of awards. Winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on June 5.

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The award scheme which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 has bounced back to the industry to give a nod to chefs and restaurateurs. It is sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the food industry.

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Here’s who made the cut in New York City and New York state:

Best New Restaurant

  • Al Coro
  • Dept of Culture
  • KRU
  • Stissing House (Pine Plains, New York)

Outstanding Chef

  • Eder Montero and Alex Raij, La Vara
  • Erik Ramirez, Llama Inn

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

  • Nora Faye Allen, Mel the Bakery
  • Camari Mick, the Musket Room

Outstanding Restaurateur

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

Outstanding Restaurant

  • Veselka
  • Via Carota

Outstanding Bakery

  • She Wolf Bakery

Outstanding Bar

  • Dante
  • Harlem Hops

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

  • Waxlight Bar à Vin (Buffalo, New York)
  • Cote

Outstanding Hospitality

  • Lil’ Deb’s Oasis (Hudson, New York)
  • Melba’s

Emerging Chef

  • Telly Justice, HAGS
  • Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill

Best Chef: New York State

  • Gerardo Alcaraz, Aldama
  • Nasim Alikhani, Sofreh
  • Mary Attea, the Musket Room
  • Giovanni Cervantes, Taqueria Ramírez
  • Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy
  • Calvin Eng, Bonnie’s
  • Shenarri Freeman, Cadence
  • Charles Gabriel, Charles Pan-Fried Chicken
  • Anthony Gonçalves, Kanopi (White Plains, New York)
  • Sol Han, Little Mad
  • JJ Johnson, Fieldtrip
  • Sohui Kim, Gage & Tollner
  • Shaina Loew-Banayan, Cafe Mutton (Hudson, New York)
  • Paolo Garcia Mendoza, Karenderya (Nyack, New York)
  • Ayesha Nurdjaja, Shukette
  • Junghyun Park, Atomix
  • Franco Sampogna, Frevo
  • Eric See, Ursula
  • Hillary Sterling, Ci Siamo
  • Sohail Zandi, Brushland Eating House (Bovina, New York)



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