The 2023 James Beard Awards took place Monday night in Chicago, and gave high regards to chefs and restaurants around the country.
The organization said about 1,500 people attended the ceremony, hosted by chefs Eric Adjepong, Esther Choi, Andrew Zimmern and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons.
The James Beard Foundation has recently outlined a new ethics code for nominees. The organization said nominees must not engage in “inhumane, exploitative, or unlawful” workplace practices; violent or abusive behavior; sexism, racism and other discrimination,” the organization said.
These are the winners:
Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster -Washington, D.C.
Friday Saturday Sunday – Philadelphia, PA
Best New Restaurant
Kann – Portland, OR
Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, a.kitchen + bar, High Street, and others) – Philadelphia, PA
Damarr Brown, Virtue – Chicago, IL
Yoli Tortilleria, Kansas City – MO
Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker
Margarita Manzke, République – Los Angeles, CA
The Quarry – Monson, ME
Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program
OTOTO – Los Angeles, CA
Bar Leather Apron – Honolulu, HI
Best regional chefs
Best Chef: California
Justin Pichetrungsi, Anajak Thai – Sherman Oaks, CA
Best Chef: Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)
Tim Flores and Genie Kwon, Kasama, Chicago, IL
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia)
Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon, Kalaya, Philadelphia, PA
Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New England, New Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
Itaru Nagano and Andrew Kroeger, Fairchild, Madison, WI
Best Chef: Mountain (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming)
Kris Komori, KIN, Boise, ID
Best Chef: New York State
Junghyun Park, Atomix, New York, NY
Best Chef: Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Sherry Pocknett, Sly Fox Den Too, Charlestown, R.I.
Best Chef: Northwest & Pacific (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)
Vince Nguyen, Berlu, Portland, OR
Best Chef: South (Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico)
Natalia Vallejo, Cocina al Fondo, San Juan, PR
Best Chef: Southeast (Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia)
Terry Koval, The Deer and the Dove, Decatur, GA
Best Chef: Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma)
Andrew Black, Grey Sweater, Oklahoma City, OK
Best Chef: Texas
Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston, TX
Humanitarian of the Year was presented to Olivia Watkins and Karen Washington, the co-founders of the Black Farmer Fund, which was founded in 2017 to invest in Black farmers, land stewards and business owners in the Northeast. They will receive a $20,000 grant.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Madhur Jaffrey, an actress, cookbook author and chef. She was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2006.