A spread of dishes at Oyster Oyster.
Thanks to innovative vegetarian and shellfish creations, Rob Rubba of D.C.’s Oyster Oyster is nominated for Outstanding Chef. Photo courtesy of Oyster Oyster


The Restaurant Nominees for the 2023 James Beard Awards


The finalists for the 2023 James Beard Foundation Awards have officially been revealed, with many of the country’s top restaurant industry professionals getting lots of love.

From Best New Restaurant nominees like Causa (D.C.) and Kann (Portland) to pioneers like Rob Rubba of D.C.’s Oyster Oyster (Outstanding Chef), Ellen Yin of Philadelphia’s High Street (Outstanding Restaurateur), and Dallas’ Lucia (Outstanding Restaurant), this year’s class reflects some of the best that the industry has to offer. And it’s always a great snapshot of restaurants right now. The awards will be handed out on June 5 in Chicago. Get the popcorn ready.

Here’s the full list, with Resy restaurants in bold:

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Chef

Outstanding Restaurant

Outstanding Restaurateur

Emerging Chef

  • Damarr Brown, Virtue, Chicago, IL
  • Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti, Los Angeles, CA
  • Serigne Mbaye, Dakar NOLA, New Orleans, LA
  • Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill, New York, NY
  • Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club, Philadelphia, PA

Outstanding Hospitality

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

Outstanding Bar

Best Chef: New York State

Best Chef: California

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

  • Salvador Alamilla, Amano, Caldwell, ID
  • Michael Diaz de Leon, BRUTØ, Denver, CO
  • Suchada Johnson, Teton Thai, Teton Village, WY
  • Kris Komori, KIN, Boise, ID
  • Ali Sabbah, Mazza, Salt Lake City, UT

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

  • Valentine Howell, Krasi, Boston, MA
  • Christian Hunter, Community Table, Washington, CT
  • Sherry Pocknett, Sly Fox Den Too, Charlestown, RI
  • Yisha Siu, Yunnan Kitchen, Boston, MA
  • Renee Touponce, The Port of Call, Mystic, CT

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

Best Chef: Texas

  • Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas, TX
  • Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston, TX
  • Emiliano Marentes, ELEMI, El Paso, TX
  • John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio, TX
  • Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin, TX

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, NM, NV, OK)

  • Oscar Amador and Francesco Di Caudo, Anima by EDO, Las Vegas, NV
  • Kaoru Azeuchi, KAISEKI YUZU, Las Vegas, NV
  • Andrew Black, Grey Sweater, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jeff Chanchaleune, Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Justin Pioche, Pioche Food Group, Upper Fruitland (Doolkai), Navajo Nation, NM

Outstanding Bakery

  • Angelo Brocato, New Orleans, LA
  • La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson, TX
  • Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas, TX
  • Yoli Tortilleria, Kansas City, MO
  • Zak the Baker, Miami, FL

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

  • Veronika Baukema, Veronika’s Pastry Shop, Billings, MT
  • Elaine Uykimpang Bentz, Café Mochiko, Cincinnati, OH
  • Vince Bugtong, Abaca, San Francisco, CA
  • Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shawn McKenzie, Café Cerés, Minneapolis, MN