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!
- 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
- Kai Restaurant, Chandler, AZ