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James Beard Chef and Restaurant Award 2023 Winners: The Complete List

Discover the complete list of winners from the highly anticipated 2023 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Awards.

The 'Friday Saturday Sunday' restaurant in Philadelphia.
The 'Friday Saturday Sunday' restaurant in Philadelphia. Credit: Instagram/@friday.saturday.sunday

The James Beard Foundation presented its annual culinary awards for 2023 in Chicago, with Rob Rubba of Oyster Oyster in Washington, D.C., receiving the award for outstanding chef and for Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia named as outstanding restaurant.

The event showcased the growing influence of the awards, with Mayor Brandon Johnson of Chicago and Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois making live appearances on stage. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also praised the soft power of culinary diplomacy in a video message, citing the success of award-winning chef Edward Lee’s Maryland crab cakes with gochujang vinaigrette at a recent state dinner.

The awards ceremony took place amidst recent controversies surrounding the James Beard Foundation. In response to concerns about diversity and abuse allegations against some finalists, a new voting system was implemented last year. The revamped process now emphasizes not only culinary excellence but also equity, leadership, sustainability, and community-building.

The foundation also established a public tip line and conducted inquiries into finalists based on recent allegations. Despite these challenges, Tanya Holland, the chef and writer who leads the awards program, stated that the new system is functioning as intended. The 2023 finalists, selected by approximately 240 judges, represented diversity across regions, cuisines, and categories. Among this year’s roughly 30 winners, 25 are people of color.

Unfortunately, the specific winners in each category were not provided in the information provided.

Here are the winners:

Outstanding Restaurant

Friday Saturday Sunday, Philadelphia

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, + bar, High Street Philly, and others), Philadelphia

Outstanding Chef

Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster, Washington, D.C.

Emerging Chef

Damarr Brown, Virtue, Chicago

Best New Restaurant

Kann, Portland, Ore.

Outstanding Hospitality

The Quarry, Monson, Maine

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

Ototo, Los Angeles

Outstanding Bar

Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Outstanding Bakery

Yoli Tortilleria, Kansas City, Mo.

Best Chef: New York State

Junghyun Park, Atomix, Manhattan

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)

Tim Flores and Genie Kwon, Kasama, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

Chutatip Suntaranon, Kalaya, Philadelphia

Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Itaru Nagano and Andrew Kroeger, Fairchild, Madison, Wis.

Best Chef: Mountain (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming)

Kris Komori, KIN, Boise, Idaho

Best Chef: California

Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Best Chef: Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Sherry Pocknett, Sly Fox Den Too, Charlestown, R.I.

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Vince Nguyen, Berlu, Portland, Ore.

Best Chef: Southeast (Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.)

Terry Koval, the Deer and the Dove, Decatur, Ga.

Best Chef: South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico)

Natalia Vallejo, Cocina al Fondo, San Juan, P.R.

Best Chef: Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma)

Andrew Black, Grey Sweater, Oklahoma City

Best Chef: Texas

Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston

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