Harlem Culinary Kings And Queens Reign Supreme On James Beard Awards Semifinal Roster

January 25, 2024

By HWM

Harlem is making a remarkable impact on the culinary scene, with four chefs and restaurants from the neighborhood being nominated for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.

The foundation revealed a total of 31 New York City restaurants in the running, highlighting that Harlem alone boasts over 10 percent of this year’s semi-finalists.

Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation, expressed excitement about the return of the awards, acknowledging the exceptional talent shaping American food. Reichenbach emphasized the transformative potential of this recognition for honorees and stressed the awards’ crucial role in supporting and elevating the independent restaurant industry.

The nominees reflect the diversity of New York City’s culinary landscape, featuring both renowned establishments and emerging chefs.


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The foundation will narrow down the list to finalists, to be announced on April 3, 2024, with the winners celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on June 10, 2024.

Harlem’s representation on this year’s semi-finalists list includes:

Outstanding Bakery

Outstanding Hospitality presented by American Airlines

Best Chef: New York State

Often referred to as the “Oscars of food,” the James Beard Foundation awards are esteemed culinary honors, consistently recognizing outstanding chefs and restaurants in New York City. In the previous year, Atomix chef Junghyun Park secured the award for best chef.

The foundation’s commitment extends beyond culinary excellence to include aspects such as exceptional food media content, better food systems, and a dedication to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a thriving culture.

This year marks the third since the organization implemented significant changes following a 2021 audit to address longstanding bias.

Photo credit: Chef JJ.

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