A Girl & Her Food: 2014 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists in Chicago are here!


2014 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists in Chicago are here!

The James Beard Foundation announced yesterday the Chicago semifinalists for their 2014 restaurant and chef's award categories. I am thrilled to see some of my favorite Chicago restaurants and chefs in the running. The finalists from the entire country will be announced on Wednesday, March 19, at The Publican in Chicago, and the winners will be announced during the 2014 James Beard Awards, held in New York City on May 2nd and 5th. 

James Beard Foundation 

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Chef
Carrie Nahabedian, Naha

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurant
Spiaggia, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Outstanding Service
Outstanding Wine Program
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig 
Matthew Kirkley, L2O
David Posey, Blackbird

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Dave Beran, Next
Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, Fat Rice
Curtis Duffy, Grace
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Phillip Foss, EL Ideas
Ryan McCaskey, Acadia
Iliana Regan, Elizabeth
Jason Vincent, Nightwood
Paul Virant, Vie Restaurant, Western Springs, IL
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

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