Jan 24, 2024 - Food and Drink

2 Bentonville chefs in the running for James Beard Award

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Two Bentonville chefs are semifinalists for the Best Chef: South category in the James Beard Awards.

Details: Matt Cooper of Conifer and Rafael Rios of Yeyo's El Alma de Mexico are the only two Arkansas chefs to make the list, which also includes Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

What's next: The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony will celebrate the winners on June 10 in Chicago.

See the full list of semifinalists

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