The semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards were announced this morning, with a number of Oregon-based restaurants and chefs among the nominees in categories including best new restaurant and best chef: Northwest and Pacific.
This year’s awards include five nominees from Portland, in addition to five nominees from elsewhere in Oregon.
The 2023 awards are the Foundation’s second ceremony following an extensive audit in 2021. The audit was intended to help restructure the Foundation and resulted in changes such as introducing a protocol to handle nominee misconduct allegations, diversifying its voting body, and casting a wider net to find chefs and restaurants during the voting process.
During the 2022 awards, the Foundation changed certain categories, such as renaming the rising star chef award to the emerging chef category — chef Thuy Pham of Mama Đút was a nominee in the category last year. This year, the category of outstanding bakery was added, but no Oregon bakeries were recognized.
The James Beard Foundation will release the short list of nominees on Wednesday, March 29, and restaurant and chef award winners will be presented at a gala ceremony in Chicago on June 5, 2023. See the full list of Oregon semifinalists below.
Kann — best new restaurant
OK Omens — outstanding wine and other beverages program
Peter Cho, Han Oak — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Vince Nguyen, Berlu — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Thomas Pisha-Duffly, Gado Gado — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Oregon nominees outside Portland:
Okta, McMinnville, OR — best new restaurant
Hiyu Wine Farm, Hood River, OR — outstanding wine and other beverages program
Joshua Dorcak, MÄS, Ashland, OR — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Jonathan Jones, Epilogue Kitchen & Cocktails, Salem, OR — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Crystal Platt, Lion & Owl, Eugene, OR — best chef: Northwest and Pacific
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.