Friday, February 19, 2010

James Beard Award Chef and Restaurant Semifinalists Announced


The James Beard Foundation is at the center of America's culinary community. Deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers. A panel of 400 judges have selected as the crème de la crème among the 21,000 entries submitted online starting late last year. Finalists will be announced March 22 and winners will be singled out at Lincoln Center on May 3.

The James Beard Foundation Awards, are held annually to honor exceptional chefs and journalists. The main Awards Galas are held on the first Monday in May and feature an awards ceremony and a winning chef's tasting reception afterwards. The Journalism awards are held on a separate day.

Our best wishes go out to all of the semi finalist's as the announcement date of March 22 has many of them on the edge of their seats. We have compiled a very small list of restaurateurs , chefs and restaurants that we have had the pleasure to visit. For the complete list please visit the James Beard Foundation's web site.

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR

Myles Chefetz, Myles Restaurant Group, Miami Beach, FL

OUTSTANDING CHEF

Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR

Vanessa Garcia, Restaurant Charlie at the Palazzo, Las Vegas

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Sage at Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas


OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF


Kamel Guechida, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE

Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

OUTSTANDING SERVICE

Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Nobhill Tavern at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

BEST CHEF: SOUTH

Philippe Ruiz, Palme d’Or at the Biltmore, Coral Gables, FL

Kris Wessel, Red Light Little River, Miami

BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST

Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas

Claude Le Tohic, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Rick Moonen, RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas


James Beard was renowned for his vast knowledge and his huge Rolodex, both of which he shared with a generosity befitting his outsized personality. He connected people; he stayed on top of trends; he was an encyclopedia of food information. In short he was a one-stop resource for all things culinary.

Today, the James Beard Foundation serves as a resource for food lovers and food professionals alike.
The Foundation is a New York-based national professional non-profit organization named in honor of James Beard

The Foundation was started in 1986 by Peter Kump, a former student of James Beard and founder of the Institute of Culinary Education. At Julia Child's suggestion, Kump purchased Beard's New York brownstone at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village and preserved it as a gathering place where the general public and press can appreciate the talents of established and emerging chefs.

The James Beard House hosts frequent dinners featuring selected chefs working the Beard kitchen in the company of Foundation members and industry professionals. Notable past chefs have included Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jacques Pépin, and Charlie Trotter.

The James Beard Foundation Awards, are held annually to honor exceptional chefs and journalists. The main Awards Galas are held on the first Monday in May and feature an awards ceremony and a winning chef's tasting reception afterwards. The Journalism awards are held on a separate day








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