2023 James Beard Award semi-finalists in NYC

And just like that – the James Beard Awards are back. The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for this year’s annual awards on Wednesday.

The announcement of the semi-finalists is essentially the longer list of nominees, kicking off a busy season of awards. Next is a slimmed down list of finalists on March 29th. The winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on June 5th.

It is the second year for the prestigious awards, which remain a coveted industry accolade for chefs and restaurateurs and are sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the food industry. The foundation canceled its 2020 and 2021 awards season following a public backlash that resulted in nominees withdrawing from the process. For the 2022 awards season, the foundation conducted an extensive internal review to make the awards fairer; New categories have since been added, and the organization has set a goal for at least 50 percent of its committee members and judges to be people of color by 2023.

New to this year’s awards is the Best Bakery category, which recognizes a “baker of bread, pastries or desserts who consistently demonstrates excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality and operations while making a positive contribution to.” contributes to its wider community”.

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

Best New Restaurant

  • Al Koro
  • Department of Culture
  • KRU
  • Stissing House (Pine Plains, New York)

Outstanding chef

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

Outstanding confectioner or baker

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

Outstanding restaurateur

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

Outstanding restaurant

Outstanding bakery

Outstanding bar

Excellent program for wine and other drinks

  • Waxlight Bar a Vin (Buffalo, New York)
  • cote

Outstanding hospitality

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

Aspiring Chef

  • Television 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, Bonnies
  • Shenarri Freeman, cadence
  • Charles Gabriel, Charles Fried Chicken
  • Anthony Gonçalves, Kanopi (White Plains, New York)
  • Sol Han, Little Mad
  • JJ Johnson, field trip
  • 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, CiSiamo
  • Sohail Zandi, Bushland Food House (Bovina, New York)

Disclosure: Some Vox Media employees are part of the voting panel for the James Beard Foundation Awards.