James Beard Semifinalists Announced

The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards … and our community can celebrate some local names!
2017 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award: Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, Washington, DC.
Best New Restaurant: Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, DC.Outstanding Baker: Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, DC.
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.; and Diane Flynt, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, Va.
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, DC; and Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint, Washington, DC.
Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location: Pati’s Mexican Table, Host: Pati Jinich
Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication: The Washington Post “Food” section, Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick
Home Cooking: “The Amazingly Simple Path to Incredible Homemade Bagels,” Becky Krystal and Alex Baldinger, The Washington Post.
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. The award gala will be held at Chicago’s Lyric Opera on Monday, May 1. Media award winners will be announced on April 25. A full list of the nominees can be found at:

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