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2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist List Includes Mudgie’s Deli in Detroit

Warda Bougettaya of Warda Patisserie and downtown cocktail spot Shelby landed on this year’s “long list” JBFA

The exterior of Mudgie’s on a sunny day. The building is painted orange with yellow awnings.
Mudgie’s Deli’s founder Greg Mudge passed away unexpectedly in 2021.
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The semifinalists for 2022 James Beard Awards have dropped and include nine metro Detroit chefs in the Great Lakes category. Winning a James Beard award is considered one of the highest honors in the food industry, so undoubtedly, these semifinalists will be celebrating their nominations this morning.

Best Chef semifinalists from Detroit include Omar Anani of Saffron De Twah, Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf, Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere of Baobab Fare, Michael Ransom of Ima, Sarah Welch of Marrow, and Kate Williams of Karl’s. Other Michigan chefs nominated include James Rigato of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park and Ahmad Sanji of Al Tayeb in Dearborn. Barda was named a semifinalist in the category Best New Restaurant.

Detroit cocktail bar Shelby is nominated for Outstanding Bar Program, while restaurant and bar Madam from Birmingham is nominated for Outstanding Wine Program. Nominated for Outstanding Hospitality are Birmingham’s Phoenicia and Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop, the latter of which is a particularly meaningful nomination as its owner Greg Mudge died suddenly last fall.

Detroit’s Warda Bouguettaya of Warda Pâtisserie is nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef, Ji Hye Kim of Miss Kim in Ann Arbor is nominated for Outstanding Chef, and J.D. Simpson and Roger Yopp are both nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur for their Detroit restaurant SavannahBlue.

In total, 16 regional restaurants and chefs were selected as semifinalists.

Here’s the complete list of semifinalists for restaurants and chefs.

Following accusations of bias and lack of diversity, the James Beard Foundation canceled its 2020 awards midseason and its 2021 awards amid an audit. Going forward, the foundation has put some changes in place to avoid a rehashing of the previous year, including policy changes and the creation of an independent ethics committee.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Here Are the 2022 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
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Saffron De Twah

7636 Gratiot Avenue, , MI 48213 (586) 359-6138 Visit Website


1431 Times Square, , MI 48226 (313) 926-0783 Visit Website


438 Selden Street, Detroit, MI


4842 Grand River Avenue, , MI 48208 (313) 952-5182 Visit Website

Baobab Fare

6568 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48202 (313) 265-3093 Visit Website


1509 Broadway Street, , MI 48226

Al Tayeb Dearborn

15010 W Warren Ave., Dearborn, MI


298 South Old Woodward Avenue, , MI 48009 (248) 283-4200 Visit Website


607 Shelby Street, , MI 48226 Visit Website


588 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 644-3122 Visit Website


4870 Cass Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 883-9788 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website


8044 Kercheval Avenue, , MI 48214 (313) 513-0361 Visit Website

Warda Pâtisserie

70 West Alexandrine Street, , MI 48201 (313) 262-6977 Visit Website

Miss Kim

415 North 5th Avenue, , MI 48104 (734) 275-0099 Visit Website