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

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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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.