12 Massachusetts restaurants, chefs up for 2023 James Beard Awards

Mass. — Several Massachusetts restaurants and chefs are semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards.

The 2023 James Beard Awards also referred to as the Oscars of the culinary arts industry, were established in 1990 and first awarded in 1991.

The awards “recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.”

Here are 2023 James Beard Award nominees from Massachusetts:

Outstanding Chef:

  • Rachel Miller, Nightshade Noodle Bar, Lynn, MA

Outstanding Restaurant

  • PAGU, Cambridge, MA
  • Red Rose Restaurant, Lowell, MA

Emerging Chef

  • Vinh Le, Cicada Coffee Bar, Cambridge, MA

Best New Restaurant

  • La Royal, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

  • Rebel Rebel, Somerville, MA

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

  • Valentine Howell, Krasi, Boston, MA
  • Yahya Noor, Tawakal Halal Cafe, Boston, MA
  • Yisha Siu, Yunnan Kitchen, Boston, MA
  • Derrick Teh, SEKALI, Boston, MA
  • Ellie Tiglao, Tanám, Somerville, MA
  • Douglass Williams, MIDA, Boston, MA

“Congratulations to all our 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists! This is always an exhilarating moment as we kick off the Awards cycle and recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams across the country,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “After a year of fundamental changes, we look forward to building on the progress made, celebrating those paving a better future for us all—through their talent and craft, service to others, and commitment to a better, more sustainable industry. We look forward to sharing more exciting details for the 2023 ceremonies in the coming days.”

Nominees for the finals will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

For the full list of semifinalists, click the link here.

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