The James Beard Awards recently announced their 2023 winners, marking significant milestones in the culinary world.
Sherry Pocknett, from Sly Fox Den Too in Charlestown, Rhode Island, became the first Indigenous woman to win a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Northeast category. She proudly accepted her award wearing traditional Native American attire and shared a heartfelt speech, mentioning her battle with cancer and expressing gratitude for the honor.
Natalia Vallejo of Cocina al Fondo in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican to win a James Beard Award. She was recognized as the Outstanding Chef: South, a remarkable achievement for her and the culinary scene in Puerto Rico.
In addition to these groundbreaking wins, several other exceptional chefs and restaurants were honored at the James Beard Awards 2023:
- Outstanding Chef: Rob Rubba from Oyster Oyster in Washington, D.C.
- Outstanding Restaurant: Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia
- Best New Restaurant: Kann in Portland, Oregon
- Outstanding Restaurateur: Ellen Yin from High Street Hospitality Group in Philadelphia
- Outstanding Hospitality: The Quarry in Monson, Maine
- Emerging Chef: Damarr Brown from Virtue in Chicago
- Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker: Margarita Manzke from République in Los Angeles
- Outstanding Bakery: Yoli Tortilleria in Kansas City, Missouri
- Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program: Ototo in Los Angeles
- Outstanding Bar: Bar Leather Apron in Honolulu
- Best Chef winners from various regions across the United States
These awards celebrate the talent and contributions of chefs, restaurants, and culinary professionals, showcasing their dedication and innovation in the industry.
The James Beard Awards continue to recognize excellence in the culinary world and inspire aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts around the country.