Area eateries, chefs among semifinalists for 2023 James Beard Awards

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 12:20 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 2:12 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Several local eateries have just been named semifinalists for James Beard Awards! Those awards are like the Oscars of the food industry.

Last year, Vermont had a winner. Nisachon Morgan, who people call Rung, won Best Chef in the Northeast for her cooking at Saap in Randolph.

Wednesday, we learned several Vermont restaurants and chefs got nods for this year’s awards.

On the sweet side, two accolades: Haymaker Bun Company in Middlebury is up for outstanding bakery and Amanda Wildermuth of Honey Road in Burlington is nominated for outstanding pastry chef or baker.

The awards also raised a glass to Vermont’s craft beer scene. Foam Brewers in Burlington is nominated for outstanding wine and beverages.

And two area chefs are nominated for best chef the Northeast this year: Mojo Hancy-Davis at May Day in Burlington and Alganesh Michael with A Taste of Abyssinia in South Burlington.

Congratulations to all of them!

Finalists will be announced in late March and winners in early June.