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2009 James Beard Foundation Awards: Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Unveiled

February 18, 2009 By:Mackenzie Allison

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Unveiled Foodies Take Note: The list of Restaurant and Chef semifinalists for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards were recently announced. The finalists will be announced March 23 at Frontera Grill restaurant in Chicago-- the first time this event will be held outside of New York City. Favorites and newcomers alike are among the semifinalists in the 19 Restaurant and Chef categories, which include Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Wine Service, Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional and Outstanding Service.  Regional Best Chef honors are broken down in these categories: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New York City, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and South. Check out the seminfinalist at www.jamesbeard.org/awards. There will be five finalists in each category, narrowed down from the list of semifinalists by a panel of more than 400 judges.  Winners will be announced on Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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