6 Female Chefs From the Phoenix Area Nominated for James Beard Awards

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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 27: A general view of atmosphere during the Blancpain event honoring three star Michelin Chef and Blancpain enthusiast Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park Restaurant on February 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Blancpain)

The Phoenix area is home to six female chefs who are up for James Beard awards, through the James Beard Foundation

These awards are like the Oscars, but for the food world. A big deal right?

Overall, the valley has eight chefs being represented as semifinalists for the first round of awards.

The finalists for the awards will be announced on Mar. 27 and the winners on May 7. 

Check out the full list of AZ semifinalists below!

Outstanding Chef:

  • Chrysa Robertson, Rancho Pinot, Scottsdale, AZ 

Rising Star Chef of the Year: 

  • Samantha Sanz, Talavera at the Four Seasons, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Cassie Shortino, Tratto, Phoenix

Best Chef Southwest:

  • Nadia Holguin, Roland’s Cafe Market Bar, Phoenix
  • Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café Gran Reserva, Phoenix
  • Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Phoenix
  • Charleen Badman, FnB, Scottsdale, AZ

Outstanding Service: 

  • Kai Restaurant, Chandler, AZ

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