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Two Westchester Chefs Are Nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award

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The list of 2022 James Beard Award semifinalists is here, and we’re thrilled to report that not one, but two Westchester chefs made the cut.

By Jonathan Ortiz and Michelle Gillan Larkin

We would like to apologize in advance to all daters, diners, and Tinder swipe-righters: There’s yet another reason for your significant other to beg you to take them to Goosefeather in Tarrytown and O Mandarin in Hartsdale.

The chefs at both establishments, Dale Talde and Eric Gao, respectively, have just been nominated as 2022 James Beard Award semifinalists for Best Chef: New York State.


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Says Chef Talde: “I’m thrilled and so proud of what the team at Goosefeather has accomplished. This has always been a dream of mine and, while we’d of course love to win, just being recognized is an honor.”

Talde acknowledges that he wouldn’t achieve such recognition if it wasn’t for the community. “Without their support, and believing in what we do, we would not be here.”

The James Beard Foundation ushered in the start of “Beard season” with the release of the 2022 Beard Award semifinalists, featuring restaurants from across the nation competing for accolades in categories from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Bar Program. The winners, chosen by judges from thousands of entries, will be announced June 13 at a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where the awards ceremony has taken place in the past.


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While a Westchester eatery being nominated for a Beard Award, one of the most prestigious honors of the industry, is a cause for celebration, a number of local figures have graced the lists in the past: Peter Kelly, executive chef of X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, has been nominated for Best Chef Northeast and, as recently as 2017, Blue Hill at Stone Barns was a semifinalist in the outstanding service category.

Try not to blame us if your pockets run dry trying to see what the fuss is all about.

Related: Chef Dan Kluger on Cooking for a Living and Life in Westchester


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