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James Beard 2011 Semifinalists Announced: The L.A. Edition

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

OUTSTANDING CHEF

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT

Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR

None, unless you count Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (various locations)

OUTSTANDING SERVICE

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

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


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