Three Bentonville Restaurants Recognized as Semifinalists by James Beard Foundation®
Bentonville’s food scene continues to gain national renown
BENTONVILLE, Ark., (February XX, 2022) – Three Bentonville food establishments were represented among the James Beard Foundation® 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists list in advance of the returning James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One.
“There is no doubt in our region that Bentonville possesses an impressive food culture, and this national esteem is key for continuing to grow our reputation as a true culinary destination,” said Kalene Griffith, Visit Bentonville President. “The collaborative culinary scene here continues to establish its national influence.”
This semifinalist recognition acknowledges their contributions to the national food culture in the United States, according to the Foundation. Bentonville was represented in the following categories:
- Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines: The Preacher's Son
- Best Chef, South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR): Rafael Rios, Yeyo's
- Best Chef, South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR): Matthew McClure, The Hive
Notably, the James Beard Awards are considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors. The Awards recognize “exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive,” according to the Foundation.
The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards were established in 1991 and is one of five separate recognition programs of the Awards. For more information on this year’s Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, see here. For more information on Bentonville’s innovative culinary scene, go to VisitBentonville.com/restaurants.