6 Arizonans are James Beard Award Semifinalists

fbn Didn't think that Arizona was a culinary destination? Think again.

Six Arizona chefs & restauranteurs (most of them Local First Arizona members!) were recently named semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, arguably the most prestigious awards in the American food industry. [Tweet this!]

Local First Arizona member Pizzeria Bianco, highly regarded by some as the best pizzeria in Arizona, was nominated for the Outstanding Restaurant category. Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts was nominated for Outstanding Restauranteur, now with 14 different restaurant concepts across Arizona (and even some locations in other states!).

Nominations for the Best Chef - Southwest category were given to Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe, Charleen Badman of FnB, and Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant.

Finally, Virtu Honest Craft was nominated in the Best New Restaurant category, and has already received many other raving reviews and awards from local food critics and customers.

We wish Team Arizona the best of luck in moving on to the finals! We are glad these fine Arizona restaurants are getting the recognition they deserve. Remember to choose a local restaurant when you dine out next!