Tuesday, June 6, 2023

James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

The Oscars for the culinary world recently announced its semifinalists, and South Florida received quite an extraordinary amount of recognition. While most of the celebrated chefs are located further south in Miami, our beloved chef Clay Conley is representing Palm Beach County amongst the talented group with his sixth (and well deserved) nomination. Jeremy Ford, who was nominated for his South Beach concept, recently opened The Butcher’s Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards started three decades ago and have a goal of honoring and celebrating those in the industry who are dedicated, masterful, innovative and who giving us extraordinary culinary journeys. 

South Florida’s semifinalists listed below are definitely making the drive worth every decadent bite.

Best Chef in the South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, Puerto Rico)

Buccan’s sweet corn agnolotti

Clay Conley, Buccan, Palm Beach

Michael Beltran, Ariete, Coral Gables

Valerie Nando & Fernando Chang, Itamae, Miami Design District

Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed, South Beach

Michael Pirolo, Macchialina, South Beach

Best New Restaurant

Zitz Sum, Coral Gables

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Photo by Leigh Patrick from Pexels.

Antonio Bachour, Bachour, Coral Gables and Doral

Zak Stern, Zak the Baker, Wynwood

Outstanding Chef

Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami Design District

Outstanding Bar Program

Photo by Chris F from Pexels.

Café La Trova, Little Havana

Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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