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James Beard Foundation Announces Arizona Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists, including Arizona luminaries spanning Flagstaff to Tucson. The semifinalists were announced in advance of the returning James Beard Awards presented by Capital One, with the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony taking place on June 13 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Congrats to all of the Arizona-based semifinalists!

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding Chef:

Christopher Gross, Christopher’s, Phoenix

Stephen Jones, The Larder + The Delta, Phoenix

Outstanding Restaurant:

ShinBay, Scottsdale (pictured)

Emerging Chef:

Rochelle Daniel, Atria, Flagstaff

Donald Hawk, Valentine, Phoenix

Best New Restaurant:

Bacanora, Phoenix

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Mark Chacón, Chacónne Patisserie, Phoenix

Outstanding Baker:

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson

Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines:

Binkley’s, Phoenix

Outstanding Wine Program:

Kai, Phoenix

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

Lori Hashimoto, Hana Japanese Eatery, Phoenix

John Martinez, Tito & Pep, Tucson

Maria Mazon, BOCA Tacos y Tequila, Tucson

Giovanni Scorzo, Andreoli Italian Grocer, Scottsdale

The full list of 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists can be found on the James Beard Foundation website.

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