Chris Bianco and Don Guerra Bring Home James Beard Awards to Arizona

Jun 15, 2022 141


The James Beard Awards, arguably the most prestigious accolades in the culinary realm, are back after a two-year hiatus. The awards were abruptly canceled in 2020 amid concerns of a lack of diversity and allegations against some nominees, coupled with COVID-19’s impact on the food world.

The James Beard Foundation took time to audit the awards, which have now returned with the 2022 theme "Gather for Good." In this year's competition, three Arizona chefs and one restaurant were named as finalists. During a star-studded ceremony on Monday, June 13, the winners were announced.

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