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These are Colorado chefs and restaurants who have been named James Beard 2023 Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation today released its list of 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semi-finalists. Considered the Oscars of the food world, the awards honor chefs, restaurants, bar and wine programs, beer and spirits makers and others in the national food scene.

Colorado picked up 13 nominations this year for one of the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards, including categories such as Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Chef, and Best New Restaurant. Five of the 20 nominated mountain region chefs—including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming—are from the state of Centennial. The finalists will be announced in March.

Here’s the list of Colorado semifinalists who have a chance to make it to the final nominees ahead of the annual James Beard Awards gala in Chicago in June:

Chef/Owner Kelly Whitaker at The Wolf's Tailor on Thursday, September 26, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
Chef/Owner Kelly Whitaker at The Wolf’s Tailor on Thursday, September 26, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Outstanding restaurateur

Kelly Whitaker, Id Est Hospitality Group (Basta, The Wolf’s Tailor, BRUTØ), Boulder, CO

DENVER, CO - APRIL 28: Dana Rodriguez speaks about new mezcal brand Do–a Loca at Work & Class, a restaurant serving South American and Latin American cuisine on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO – APRIL 28: Dana Rodriguez speaks about new mezcal brand Do–a Loca at Work & Class, a home-style South American and Latin American restaurant on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post)

Outstanding chef

Josh Niernberg, Bin 707 Foodbar, Grand Junction, CO

Dana Rodriguez, Super Mega Bien, Denver, CO

Aspiring Chef

Bo Porytko, Misfit Snack Bar, Denver, CO

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