Two months after the James Beard Foundation announced its restaurant and chef award semifinalists for 2023, the organization is out with its list of finalists in categories ranging from best new restaurant to emerging chef. In New York City, multiple chefs and restaurants made the shortlist, including Junghyun Park of the Michelin-starred Atomix and Bed-Stuy’s Dept of Culture. The final winners will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on June 5.
This is the second year back for the awards, which remain a coveted industry nod for chefs and restaurant owners. The Foundation canceled its awards in 2020 and 2021 following a public reckoning that resulted in multiple chefs withdrawing from the nomination process. Last year, the organization conducted an internal audit in a bid to make the awards more equitable; new categories, including one recognizing bakeries, have been added to the mix, and the Foundation set a benchmark to have at least half of its committee members and judges be people of color in time for this year’s awards.
Here’s who made it to the finalist round in New York City and New York state:
Best New Restaurant
- Dept of Culture
- Erik Ramirez, Llama Inn
Outstanding Wine and Beverage Program
- Charlie Mitchell, Clover Hill
Best Chef: New York State
- Nasim Alikhani, Sofreh
- Mary Attea, the Musket Room
- Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy
- Shaina Loew-Banayan, Cafe Mutton (Hudson, New York)
- Junghyun Park, Atomix
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.