Chef Wendy Garcia of Tumerico & La Chaiteria is a James Beard Award semifinalist

It seems like it was just yesterday when we were congratulating Don Guerra for his James Beard Award. Early today, the James Beard Foundation unveiled the semifinalist nominees for the 2022 James Beard Awards.

The city of Tucson’s lone semifinalist is the beloved Wendy Garcia of Tumerico and La Chaiteria.

Tumerico owner-chef Wendy Garcia

Tumerico owner-chef Wendy Garcia (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Garcia, whose restaurants have been recognized as “Best Vegan Mexican Food in the U.S.” and on Yelp’s list of “Top 100 Vegan Restaurants,” is a semifinalist for “Best Chef: Southwest.” She’s on the list with other chefs in the category that covers all of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and the winner’s gala will be Monday, June 5 in Chicago. Check out the full list of semifinalists below.

Tumerico is located at 2526 E. Sixth St. and 402 E. Fourth Ave., La Chaiteria is located at 1002 W. Congress St. For more information, visit and


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