When the 2024 James Beard Awards Semifinalists were announced on January 24, all of us at Hey Rhody Media Co. were delighted but not surprised. We’ve been following these fabulous eateries, their chefs and culinary and beverage teams, all along. Provided below is an easy-to-reference menu of articles to provide some history and context to these stellar examples of Ocean State creative cuisine.
Executive Chef: Luke Mersfelder
Owner: Katie Dickson
Sky Kim of Gift Horse, Providence
Best New Restaurant:
Tuxpan Taqueria, Central Falls
Chef/Owner, Diego Alcantar
Chef/Owner, Kevin O’Donnell
Courtland Club, Providence
Founder/Director, Jason Shechtman
Best Chef: Northeast
Maria Meza | Dolores, Providence
Basil Yu | Yagi Noodles, Newport
Peter Carvelli | Foglia, Bristol
Subat Dilmurat | Jahunger, Providence
Andy Teixeira | Newport Vineyards, Middletown
What is The James Beard Award?
Earning a James Beard Award is a monumental achievement that can catapult chefs and restaurants to new heights. Named after the legendary American chef, James Beard, these awards recognize excellence across various categories while also championing sustainability, community, and diversity within the culinary arts. The foundation ensures a meticulous and transparent process, from nominations to the grand revelation of winners, to uphold the sanctity of the award, making it a symbol of culinary distinction that spotlights the brightest talents in the American food industry.
The journey to the coveted James Beard Award is a competitive culinary marathon. It begins with an open call for nominations, followed by a comprehensive review by an independent committee, typically including past winners and industry connoisseurs. The semifinalists, typically announced in January, undergo careful examination by a panel of judges composed of past winners and industry experts.
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