13 Michigan semifinalists for the James Beard Awards

Sozai Chef/Owner Hajime Sato at Sozai Restaurant in Clawson.

More than a dozen metro Detroit chefs and restaurants have been named as semifinalists for the James Beard Awards. The list of semi-finalists for awards in national and regional categories was released on Wednesday.

The James Beard Awards are considered the most prestigious awards for culinary excellence. The annual awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary scene. They recognize restaurants and chefs across the country for their achievements and skills in multiple categories.

April Anderson is a co-owner of Good Cakes and Bakes on Livernois Avenue at the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit.

In nationwide categories Sandy LevinOwners of Freya, Chartreuse in Detroit and Oakland in Ferndale have been named restaurants of excellence. Hajime Sato of Sozai in Clawson was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Outstanding Chef category. Sato is known for his passion for sustainability. Sozai was named Detroit Free Press’s 2022 Restaurant of the Year. Amado LopezOwner of Casa Amado Taqueria in Berkley, was among the emerging chefs in the semifinals.


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