James Beard Award nominations were announced this week. This Phoenix chef is among them

By Mark Brodie
Published: Friday, February 25, 2022 - 11:20am
Updated: Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 10:19pm

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Lori Hashimoto at the James Beard Foundation's Taste America kick-off gala held in New York City in 2019.

Semifinalists for the James Beard Awards were announced this week. They’re among the top honors in the food industry.

A number of Arizona chefs and restaurants were nominated, including Lori Hashimoto.

Hashimoto is chef and co-owner of Hana Japanese Eatery in Phoenix. She was nominated in the Best Chef in the Southwest category.

She comes from a food family and has deep roots in the Valley. Her dad was a commercial vegetable farmer in Arizona, her mom is a cooking school teacher and her step-father was an executive chef.

The Show spoke with her to learn her reaction to the nomination.

All 2022 James Beard Awards semifinalists in Arizona

Outstanding Restaurateur
• Chris Bianco, Tratto, Pane Bianco, and Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Outstanding Chef
• Christopher Gross, Christopher’s, Phoenix

Outstanding Restaurant
• ShinBay, Scottsdale, AZ

Emerging Chef
• Rochelle Daniel, Atria, Flagstaff, AZ
• Donald Hawk, Valentine, Phoenix

Best New Restaurant
• Bacanora, Phoenix

Outstanding Pastry Chef
• Mark Chacón, Chacónne Patisserie, Phoenix

Outstanding Baker
• Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, Tucson, AZ

Outstanding Hospitality 
• Binkley’s, Phoenix

Outstanding Wine Program
• Kai, Phoenix

Best Chef: Southwest 
• Lori Hashimoto, Hana Japanese Eatery, Phoenix
• John Martinez, Tito & Pep, Tucson
• Maria Mazon, BOCA Tacos y Tequila, Tuscon
• Giovanni Scorzo, Andreoli Italian Grocer, Scottsdale

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