Little Fish Brewing Company executive chef among James Beard semifinalists



Executive Chef Becky Clark of Little Fish Brewing Co. is among the James Beard Foundation’s 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists for the Greater Lakes Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“The James Beard Awards, considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors, 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,” noted a James Beard Awards press release.

Little Fish Brewing Co. opened in Athens in the summer of 2015. Two years later, co-owners Jimmy Stockwell and Sean White expanded the brewery idea by adding a farm-to-table restaurant with the help of Clark.

“Becky has helped us to create a truly awesome and ever-changing food menu that works in tandem with our brews, to reflect our shared philosophy, and provide a truly unique beer and food destination,” noted the Little Fish Brewing Co. website.

In Sept. 2022, the company opened Little Fish Dayton Station in a former railroad warehouse in downtown Dayton’s Webster Station Historic District. Guests can choose from a variety of beers and order food from their farm-to-table concept.

In an Instagram post, Little Fish Dayton Station said, “We are so lucky to have you as a chef and mentor. You’ve been working your tail off to get here and you couldn’t deserve it more.”

“Congratulations to all our 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists! This is always an exhilarating moment as we kick off the Awards cycle and recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams across the country,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “After a year of fundamental changes, we look forward to building on the progress made, celebrating those paving a better future for us all — through their talent and craft, service to others, and commitment to a better, more sustainable industry.”

Nominees will be announced March 29 and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on June 5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards were established in 1990 and the first award was given in 1991. The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists are recognized across 23 categories, including the new Award for Outstanding Bakery, the release said.

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