James Beard Foundation Announces Washington Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists, including Washington State talents in Seattle and beyond. 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 Washington State-based semifinalists!

Outstanding Chef:

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Outstanding Restaurant:

The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle

Emerging Chef:

Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle

Best New Restaurant:

Matia Kitchen & Bar, Orcas Island

Outstanding Baker:

Pamela Vuong, The Flour Box, Seattle

Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines:

Bar del Corso, Seattle

Outstanding Wine Program:

Tomo, Seattle

Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA):

Nick Coffey, Ursa Minor, Lopez Island,

Erasto Jackson, Lil Red’s Takeout and Catering, Seattle

Liz Kenyon, Rupee Bar, Seattle

Melissa Miranda, Musang, Seattle

David Nichols, Eight Row, Seattle

Brandon Pettit, Delancey, Seattle

Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi, Seattle

Aaron Verzosa, Archipelago, Seattle

Chad White, Zona Blanca, Spokane

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

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