TULSA, Oklahoma — The semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards were announced Wednesday, with several Tulsa restaurants making the list.
The James Beard Awards is considered one of the country’s most prestigious awards, recognizing exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries.
The 2023 awards will be the first since the categories and voting process changed following an audit in 2021. Changes include removing an age limit for aspiring chefs and special awards by region.
Restaurant Group 3 Sirens made the list for Outstanding Restaurateur: A restaurateur who uses their facility(s) as a vehicle for community building, demonstrates creativity in entrepreneurship and integrity in restaurant operations, and strives to create a sustainable work culture while making a positive contribution to their broader community.
This group owns Bird & Bottle near 31st and Harvard, Shakey Jakes in Broken Arrow, Bramble, which has multiple locations, and Holé Molé, which shares Bramble’s location near 6th and Peoria.
FOX23 featured two semi-finalists for their unique idea of using the same restaurant area as a breakfast spot in the evenings. Similar to Holé Molé, et al. takes over the Foolish Things Coffee location in downtown Tulsa and offers different dining concepts depending on the day of the week.
et al. is semifinalist for Best New Restaurant: A restaurant which opened between 1st January 2022 and 30th September 2022 already demonstrating excellence in cuisine, atmosphere, hospitality and operations while making a positive contribution to its wider community and likely to make a significant impact in the years to come will. Businesses that opened after September 30, 2022 are eligible for the 2024 awards.
SMOKE. The Woodfire Grill on Cherry Street is up for grabs Outstanding Hospitality: A restaurant, bar or other food and drink venue that promotes a sense of hospitality in its customers and employees, that serves as a beacon for the community and demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality and operations while maintaining a positive attitude contributing to its wider community.
American Solera, which opened in 2016 in a converted warehouse near 6th and Utica, took home a win Outstanding Bar: Expanded to include wine and other beverages, this award is given to wine bars, beer bars, cocktail bars, coffee bars or any establishment whose primary offering is beverages and which demonstrate consistent excellence in menu selection or beverage preparation, along with outstanding atmosphere, hospitality and operations while making a positive contribution to its broader community.
Tulsa really shone in the The Best Chef: Southwest Category: CChefs who place high demands on their culinary skills and leadership skills, striving to create a sustainable work culture in their respective regions while making a positive contribution to their broader community.
Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oklahoma chefs are considered for this category.
Oklahoma took home 5 of the 20 spots:
- Ben Alexander, Mr. Kims, Tulsa, OK
- Lisa Becklund, FarmBar, Tulsa, OK
- Andrew Black, gray sweater, Oklahoma City, OK
- Jeff Chanchaleune, Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Oklahoma City, OK
- Paul Wilson, Boston Title & Abstract, Tulsa, OK
The finalists will be announced on March 29th. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Chicago on June 5th.
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