Food & Drink

February 18, 2015

2015 James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Named

James Beard Foundation

James Beard Foundation

The semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation awards were announced today with only two recognitions for South Florida plus eight nods 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.

The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominations for Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, will be announced at the James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, March 24.

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The Foundation’s Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 24. Congratulations to all the nominees!

The two South Florida contenders for Best Chef of the South:
Jose Mendin, Pubbelly, Miami Beach, FL
Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House, Miami, FL

And the other seven Best Chef of the South nominees throughout Florida are:

Greg Baker, The Refinery, Tampa, FL
Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon, Orlando, 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
Steve Phelps, Indigenous, Sarasota, FL
Hari Pulapaka, Cress, DeLand, FL
Brian Whittington, Restaurant Orsay, Jacksonville, FL

Outstanding Wine Program
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL

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.

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