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No Arizona Chefs or Restaurants Were Named Finalists for 2023 James Beard Awards

The winners will be announced on June 5

Closeup of the James Beard Foundation award medal.
James Beard Foundation award medal.
James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2023 awards this morning, and while Arizona had a number of bars, restaurants, and chefs on the semifinalist list, none of them advanced to the final shortlist.

Among the semifinalist nominees were:

Best Chef: Southwest

  • Rene Andrade and Roberto Centeno, Bacanora
  • Fernando Hernández, Testal
  • Yotaka and Alex Martin, Lom Wong
  • Jaren Bates and Brett Vibber, Table at Junipine, Sedona
  • Nephi Craig of Café Gozhóó, Whiteriver
  • Wendy Garcia from Tumerico, Tucson

Outstanding Restaurant

  • Proper Meats + Provisions, Flagstaff

Outstanding Chef

Emerging Chef:

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker:

Outstanding Bakery

The 2023 James Beard Award winners will be announced during a ceremony taking place Monday, June 5, at Lyric Opera in Chicago.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards. Eater is partnering with the James Beard Foundation to livestream the awards in 2023.

Lom Wong

218 East Portland Street, , AZ 85004 (602) 675-0522 Visit Website


4130 North 7th Avenue, , AZ 85013 (602) 612-2961 Visit Website

Shift Kitchen & Bar

107 North San Francisco Street, , AZ 86001 (928) 440-5135 Visit Website

Glai Baan

2333 East Osborn Road, , AZ 85016 (602) 595-5881 Visit Website

JL Patisserie

4700 North Central Avenue, , AZ 85012 (480) 859-4459 Visit Website

Bacanora PHX

1301 Grand Avenue, , AZ 85007 (602) 612-4018 Visit Website

Proper Meats + Provisions

110 East Route 66, , AZ 86001 (928) 774-9001 Visit Website