Here Are the 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists from Oregon

The semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards were announced this morning, with a number of Oregon-based restaurants and chefs among the nominees in categories including best new restaurant and best chef: Northwest and Pacific.

This year’s awards include five nominees from Portland, in addition to five nominees from elsewhere in Oregon.

The 2023 awards are the Foundation’s second ceremony following an extensive audit in 2021. The audit was intended to help restructure the Foundation and resulted in changes such as introducing a protocol to handle nominee misconduct allegations, diversifying its voting body, and casting a wider net to find chefs and restaurants during the voting process.

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