The James Beard Foundation unveiled award finalists earlier this morning. Among the hometown candidates who remain contenders for the award are the following:

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal) for Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV); Piero Selvaggio (Valentino, Valentino Vin Bar) and Carolyn Styne (Lucques, Tavern and A.O.C.) for Outstanding Restaurateur; Suzanne Goin (Lucques) and Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria Mozza) for Outstanding Chef;

Commune Design (FarmShop) was also named for Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under.

On the media side, Los Angeles magazine's Lesley Bargar Suter (Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication) and Patric Kuh (Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award) were named for their coverage of food in L.A.

Hosted by Stanley Tucci, the black-tie awards ceremony will take place on Monday, May 6 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tickets for the general public are $475 per person.

You can find more information about the event here. And here's the complete list of finalists.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

And in related news:

James Beard Semifinalists 2013 Announced: The L.A. Edition

Last Night: The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards + The Winners

2011 James Beard Media Award Winners

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