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Philly Has Six James Beard Award Finalists for 2023

The James Beard Foundation will announce the winners on June 5

A male chef of Asian descent with arms outstretched in front of him holds a plate of sushi cupped in both hands while he looks away from the camera
Jesse Ito of Royal Sushi & Izakaya, one of Philly’s finalist for the James Beard Awards category of best chef, Mid-Atlantic.
Hillary Petrozziello

Six contenders from Philly have made the cut as finalists, or nominees, for the 2023 James Beard Awards, considered one of the highest honors in the food world. The James Beard Foundation announced these finalists this morning in Nashville and will announce winners at a gala in Chicago on June 5.

Philly’s finalists include tasting-menu darling Friday Saturday Sunday in the category of outstanding restaurant; Amanda Shulman of the family-style Her Place Supper Club for the emerging chef award; and Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, High Street Philly, etc.) for best restaurateur.

The other three local nominees are all competing in the category of outstanding chef, Mid-Atlantic: Jesse Ito of Japanese hot spot Royal Sushi & Izakaya; Dionicio Jiménez of Mexican newcomer Cantina La Martina; and Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon of Thai destination Kalaya (Eater’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year, now at a huge new location in Fishtown). They’ll also face off against a pair of chefs from Pittsburgh and one from Washington, D.C. Philly chef Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa and Casa Mexico won this award last year.

Today’s “short list” of finalists has been whittled from a “long list” of semifinalists, announced in January, that included 15 contenders from Philly. That said, even making it to the semifinals is considered an honor in the restaurant industry.

Corinne’s Place, a longtime soul food restaurant in Camden founded by Corinne Bradley-Powers, was one of six winners in the America’s Classics category.

Here’s a full list of this year’s finalists throughout the country.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards. Eater is partnering with the James Beard Foundation to livestream the awards in 2023.

South Philly Barbacoa

1140 South 9th Street, , PA 19147 (215) 694-3797 Visit Website

Cantina la Martina

2800 D Street, , PA 19134 (267) 519-2142 Visit Website

Her Place Supper Club

1740 Sansom Street, , PA 19103 Visit Website


306 Market Street, , PA 19106 (215) 625-9425 Visit Website

Casa Mexico

1134 South 9th Street, , PA 19147 (267) 470-1464 Visit Website


4 West Palmer Street, , PA 19125 (215) 545-2535 Visit Website

Friday Saturday Sunday

261 South 21st Street, , PA 19103 (215) 546-4232 Visit Website

Royal Sushi & Izakaya

780 South 2nd Street, , PA 19147 (267) 909-9002 Visit Website

Any Croissant at High Street

101 South 9th Street, , PA 19107 (215) 625-0988 Visit Website