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Philly Dominated the 2023 James Beard Awards

Local chefs and restaurants took home three awards — more than any other city this year

2023 James Beard Restaurant And Chef Awards.
Ellen Yin (right) of High Street Hospitality Group accepts the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur from Andrew Zimmern (left) and Chris Bianco (center).
Jeff Schear/Getty Images for The James Beard Foundation

At a red-carpet ceremony in Chicago last night, a whopping three chefs and restaurants from Philly won James Beard Awards, considered one of the food industry’s highest honors, akin to the Oscars. It’s more than any other city scored — Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and host city Chicago had two winners each, while New York City, where the awards originated, only had one winner in its own statewide category.

Philly nabbed two of the hotly contested national categories: Chad Williams’ tasting-menu darling, Friday Saturday Sunday, was named outstanding restaurant, while Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, High Street Philly, etc.) took home outstanding restaurateur. On a regional level, Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon won best chef, Mid-Atlantic for Kalaya (which was Eater’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year, now at a huge new location in Fishtown).

Eater has a full list of the James Beard Award winners, who were whittled down from a group of finalists (aka nominees) that included six names from Philly, including two others in the Mid-Atlantic category that Suntaranon won: Jesse Ito of Japanese hot spot Royal Sushi & Izakaya and Dionicio Jiménez of Mexican newcomer Cantina La Martina. Amanda Shulman of the family-style Her Place Supper Club was up for the emerging chef award, which went instead to Damarr Brown of Chicago’s Virtue.

As in years past, the awards process hasn’t gone entirely smoothly; this year the James Beard Foundation has been dogged by drama surrounding its flawed process of “vetting” nominees accused of bad behavior. By all means, dig deeper into that fiasco even as the city celebrates Philly’s big wins.

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. All editorial content, including this post, is produced independently of the James Beard Foundation.

Cantina la Martina

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

Her Place Supper Club

1740 Sansom Street, , PA 19103 Visit Website

Fork

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

Kalaya

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