Alkemē Named Semifinalist in the James Beard 2024 Awards for Best New Restaurant

Santa Fe, NM, January 25, 2024 — Alkemē is thrilled to announce its recognition as a Semifinalist in the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best New Restaurant 2024. The James Beard Awards, widely considered the Oscars of the culinary world, celebrate excellence in the food and beverage industry, acknowledging those who push boundaries, promote equity, and contribute to the betterment of the food landscape.

The James Beard Awards honor restaurants and chefs who exemplify culinary mastery, creativity, and a dedication to fostering sustainable and inclusive practices. Alkemē has earned its place as a Semifinalist, standing out for our commitment to reimagining traditional Asian cuisines and creating unforgettable dining experiences.

Chef-Owner Hue-Chan Karels expressed her excitement, saying, “Being named a James Beard Semifinalist is a moment I’ve dreamt of my entire career. It’s a testament to the dedication and passion our team pours into every dish. This recognition feels like a shared success with our ancestors, whose culinary traditions inspire us daily. Alkemē is more than a restaurant; it’s a celebration of heritage, innovation, and the beautiful tapestry of flavors that connect us.”

Executive Chef Erica Tai, equally elated, remarked, “I am deeply honored that our heritage cuisine is being celebrated on such a prestigious platform. The entire Alkemē team has worked tirelessly to create a menu that pays homage to our roots while pushing culinary boundaries. This recognition from the James Beard Awards is a testament to our shared commitment to excellence and the art of storytelling through food. We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase the richness of our culinary traditions.”

Alkemē continues to be a trailblazer in the culinary world, embracing tradition and innovation in equal measure. The James Beard Awards Semifinalist acknowledgment reflects the dedication and creativity that set Alkemē apart as a rising star in the culinary scene.

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