Award season is approaching again, and we don't just mean the Oscars. The nominations for Food & Wine's best new chef award opened yesterday, and now the James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for their restaurant and chef awards. Here's the complete (very long) list.
The Beard Foundation will be live tweeting the nominee announcement on March 21. The awards are announced in May. For a list of Los Angeles semifinalists, which includes quite an impressive number of chefs in the Best Chef: Pacific category, turn the page.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
A-Frame, Los Angeles
Waterloo & City, Culver City, CA
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA
None, unless you count Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (various locations)
Providence, Los Angeles
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE
Hatfield's, Los Angeles, Peter Birmingham
Patina, Los Angeles, Silvestre Fernandes
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Benjamin Bailly, Fraîche, Culver City, CA
Casey Lane, The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, CA
BEST CHEF: PACIFIC
Josef Centeno, Lazy Ox Canteen, Los Angeles
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
Josiah Citrin, Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA
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Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, Animal, Los Angeles
Andrew Kirschner, Wilshire, Santa Monica, CA
Laurent Quenioux, Bistro LQ, Los Angeles
John Rivera Sedlar, Rivera, Los Angeles