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.