The new year is off to a hot start for Seattle foodies and restauranteurs alike. The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists for the James Beard Awards and there are a few local mentions. Let’s see who made the cut and when you can expect more updates on the awards.

Let’s start with the awards, nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29th, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. What’s more, the 2023 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists are recognized across 23 categories so you’ll have plenty to digest.

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Now let’s get into the local James Beard Awards semifinalists.

Outstanding Restauranteur: Yenvy and Quynh Pham, Phở Bắc Sup Shop, Phởcific Standard Time, and The Boat, Seattle, WA
Outstanding Chef: Renee Erickson, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, WA
Outstanding Restaurant: Copine, Seattle, WA
Emerging Chef: Kevin Smith, Beast & Cleaver, Seattle, WA
Outstanding Hospitality: The Black Cypress, Pullman, WA & Lark, Seattle, WA
Outstanding Bar: Rob Roy, Seattle, WA
Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA): Tony Brown, Ruins, Spokane, WA, Dan Koommoo, Crafted, Yakima, WA, Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle, WA, David Nichols, Eight Row, Seattle, WA, Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi, Seattle, WA & Aaron Verzosa, Archipelago, Seattle, WA

All in all that’s fourteen nominations for people and restaurants across Washington state. Not too shabby if you ask us! Until March it looks like you have all sorts of restaurants to check out. Enjoy!