James Beard Foundation Finalists 2023

James Beard Foundation announced semi-finalists today with new rules in place that eliminates white male biases along with new awards categories to include an emerging chef award without an age cutoff, as well as regional best chef categories that now include separate awards for California, Texas, and New York in hopes of recognizing a broader geographic range of winners. ]\

North Texas did well, so let’s take a look at the semi-finalists.

Outstanding Chef Junior Borges, Meridian, Dallas, TX

Outstanding Restaurant Lucia, Dallas, TX 

Bakery La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson, TX  and Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas

Best New Restaurant: Restaurant Beatrice, Don Artemio, Tatsu

Best Chef — Texas: Reyna Duong at Sandwich Hag; Jalen Heard, Lane Milne, and Jonny White at Goldee’s Barbecue in Fort Worth; Olivia López and Jonathan Percival at Molino Olōyō; Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman at José; and Regino Rojas at Revolver Taco Lounge.

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