The James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this morning, and seven of the city’s best-loved chefs, businesses and restaurateurs have been recognized. Big names on the list include Richard DeShantz, Becca Hegarty and Jamilka Borges.
Congratulations to all of the semifinalists!
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Jamilka Borges, The Independent Brewing Company
Wei Zhu, Chengdu Gourmet
Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group
Outstanding Wine Program
Bar Marco, Pittsburgh
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Becca Hegarty, Bitter Ends Luncheonette
Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional
Meredith Meyer Grelli, Wigle Whiskey
The James Beard Foundation is a New York-based foundation, that is known globally for citing and rewarding the best chefs, restaurants and food publications around the country.
A list of final nominees in all categories will be announced on Wednesday, March 27 in Houston starting at 9:00 a.m. (CST), and will be streamed live online. The winners will then be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala, taking place in Chicago on May 6.
The full list of nominees is available here.