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2011 James Beard Finalists: The L.A. Edition

2011 James Beard Finalists: The L.A. Edition
James Beard Foundation

Moments ago, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 JBF Awards, often called the Oscars of the food world. Los Angeles nominees include:

--Michael Cimarusti (Providence) for Best Chef (Pacific)

--Suzanne Goin (Lucques) for Outstanding Chef

--Dahlia Narvaez (Osteria Mozza) for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

Announced in February, the semi-finalists included several additional Los Angeles contenders who did not make it to the finals...

Best New Restaurant: A-Frame, Waterloo & City

Outstanding Restaurant: Mélisse

Outstanding Service: Providence

Outstanding Wine Service: Peter Birmingham (Hatfield's), Silvestre Fernandes (Patina), Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen)

Rising Star Chefs of the Year: Benjamin Bailly (Fraîche)

Best Chef (Pacific): Josef Centeno (Lazy Ox Canteen), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal), Andrew Kirschner (no longer at The Wilshire), Laurent Quenioux (Bistro LQ)

LA had no semi-finalists in the Outstanding Restaurateur or Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional categories.

The awards will be held Monday, May 9th at Lincoln Center. Tickets go on sale today.

Download a complete list of the nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards here.


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