2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant & Chef Award Semi-Finalists Announces

Today had many Chef's around the country on pins and needles as they waited for the announcement of the semi-finalists of the all important 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.

Stephanie Izard and I at the Academy for Global Citizenship fundraiser


The time has finally arrived check out the full list of the lucky Chef's and restaurants right here.  You can also follow them on Twitter @beardfoundation for all the latest chatter on the awards.


We are so happy to see Chicago's own Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat on the Best New Restaurant list. Some of our other favorites on the list, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia are nominated for Outstanding Chef. Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate, Outstanding Pastry Chef, Tru and Spiggia for Outstanding Restaurant, Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, for Outstanding Restaurateur, and Topolobampo, for Outstanding Service. Good Luck to all the semi-finalists!




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