The semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation awards were announced yesterday with six recognitions for South Florida plus two outpost nods and eight from other areas in Florida. The JBF Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America; which include all aspects of the industry: chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers and architects.
On Monday March 18 the final nominees will be announced. On May 6 the winners will be honored at a gala awards ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Tickets to attend the ceremony go on sale March 18, Awards Box Office 914.231.6180.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
The roster of South Florida James Beard Foundation nominees reads:
Best New Restaurant: Khong River House, Miami Beach
Outstanding Bar Program: The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House, Coral Gables
And two contenders for Best Chef of the South:
Jeff McInnis, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach
Jose Mendin, Pubbelly, Miami Beach
And seven Best Chef of the South nominees throughout Florida are:
Greg Baker, The Refinery, Tampa, FL
Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL
James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL
Peter Arpke, Beach Bistro, Holmes Beach, FL
Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon, Orlando, FL
Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park, Winter Park, FL
Hari Pulapaka, Cress, Deland, FL
Outstanding Service nominee Florida:
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nom nods also went out to Andrew Carmellini for Outstanding Chef and Stephen Starr for Outstanding Restaurateur both of whom have outposts in South Florida.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, I can’t help but acknowledge the world class food city it has become. Last year the talent from the Ocean State garnered seven JBF nods, this year three.
Outstanding Service: Persimmon, Bristol, RI
Best Chef, Northeast: Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc., Providence, RI
Best New Restaurant: Cook & Brown Public House, Providence, RI
Click here to view the entire list of nominees.
“The James Beard Foundation is at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches lives. A cookbook author and teacher, James Beard was a champion of American cuisine who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of our culinary culture. These programs include educational initiatives, food industry awards, an annual national food conference, Leadership Awards program, culinary scholarships, and publications. In addition to maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs, the Foundation has created a robust online community, and hosts tastings, lectures, workshops, and food-related art exhibits in New York City and around the country.” -excerpted from: The James Beard Foundation website.