These Are the Hudson Valley’s James Beard Award Semifinalists for 2024

The James Beard Foundation just announced semifinalists for this year's award season, honoring several chefs and eateries. 

For foodies across the United States, there’s no list quite as exciting as the James Beard Award Semifinalists. With so many breakout local chefs, restaurateurs, and establishments this year, we’ve been waiting for the semifinalist list with bated breath. Well, without further ado…

Outstanding Restaurant

The DeBruce

Livingston Manor

 

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After landing on the 2023 James Beard Awards list as a semifinalist in the category of Outstanding Restaurateur, The DeBruce is featured on the list once again this year as an Outstanding Restaurant semifinalist. Earning this spot for more than just its food, the restaurant’s dining room features a wood-burning stove and glass walls that overlook a stunning view of the mountains and valley. However, the kitchen and restaurant are an integral part of the culinary experience at The DeBruce. Dinner looks different here, as all course are served at the same time for an immersive night of dining. Featuring seasonal dishes like ember-roasted pear, dry-aged squab, New York strip steak, and more, the tasting menu is packed with flavor.

Outstanding Bakery

Mel the Bakery

Hudson

 

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Migrating upstate from its original location on Ludlow Street in New York City, Mel the Bakery has enjoyed nothing but success since its opening in Hudson. The larger space in Columbia County specializes in homemade breads and pastries, featuring flavors like pistachio almond, ham, cheese and Dijon, and rye chocolate chip. Mel the Bakery takes a community approach to business and is constantly experimenting with new menu items to keep Hudson natives coming back.

Best Chef

In the lengthiest category, Best Chef, five of the Hudson Valley’s foremost culinary minds represented the region as semifinalists.

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Clare de Boer

Stissing House, Pine Plains

 

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Two-time James Beard-nominated chef Clare de Boer has landed on the list once again this year for her work at Stissing House. Boer owns the Pine Plains French restaurant, where she cooks with tradition and intention. Her monthly menu features delectable small bites and intricate salads, mains, and desserts.

Doris Choi

Good Night, Woodstock

 

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Curating southeast Asian cuisine with a modern twist, Doris Choi has more than earned her spot on the semifinalist list. At Woodstock’s Good Night, she crafts dishes like Korean barbecue beef, Hamachi collar tempura, and Vietnamese grilled pork chop to delight seafood and land lovers alike.

Efrén Hernández

Casa Susanna, Leeds

 

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Casa Susanna is Chef Efrén Hernández’s take on Mexican cuisine, sourcing his family’s history and the abundance of the Hudson Valley. All tortillas are made in-house, and a seasonal menu changes with the best ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Shaina Loew-Banayan

Cafe Mutton, Hudson

 

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Chef and owner of Cafe Mutton Shaina Loew-Banayan has been cooking since their bat mitzvah. Their small neighborhood restaurant crafts simple food with a lot of detail and is crazy about meat. As a result, Cafe Mutton’s menu includes unique, carnivorous options like oat and mutton porridge or country pate sandwich, complete with fresh vegetables.

Christina Mauricio

Harana Market, Accord

 

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As someone who grew up in a kitchen being taught traditional Filipino cooking methods, Chef Mauricio has pursued their love of feeding people ever since. Harana Market is consequently centered around lutong bahay, or homestyle Filipino food, and the menu is based entirely on Mauricio’s family recipes.

So, with all that said: Who are you rooting for, Hudson Valley? If you’ve dined at any of these exceptional establishments, be sure to share your experience with us on social media. Stay tuned—the list of nominees will be released on April 3, and winners will be announced on June 10.

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