Jan 24, 2024 - News

These Arizona restaurants are James Beard award semifinalists

A restaurant front of Tacos Chiwas.

Tacos Chiwas' Mesa location. Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2024 semifinalists Wednesday, and a handful of Arizona chefs and restaurants are in the running for the prestigious recognition.

Why it matters: The foundation's awards are among the highest honors in the culinary arts.

State of play: Several of the Valley's most notable chefs made the cut, as did some up-and-comers.

Zoom in: Six Arizonans were named semifinalists for "Best Chef" in the southwest region, which includes New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Flashback: Last year, Arizona had 12 Arizona chefs, two restaurants and one bakery make the semifinalist list, but not one advanced to the finalist level.

  • Here's hoping the Valley's finest foodies get the recognition they deserve this go around.

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