This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced their list of semi-finalists for this year’s awards. Los Angeles is well represented in several categories, including Best Chef: West, wherein seven of the 20 nominees from the region are Los Angeles-based. Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Cimarusti, Josef Centeno, David LeFevre, Niki Nakayama, John Rivera Sedlar, Ricardo Zarate, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo were all recognized in the Best Chef category.
Chi Spacca, Connie & Ted’s, and Trois Mec were nominated for Best New Restaurant. Suzanne Goin and Nancy Silverton were nominated for Outstanding Chef; Mozza’s Dahlia Narvaez is on the long list for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Rivera and The Varnish—both downtown—are highlighted in the Outstanding Bar category. Josiah Citrin’s Mélisse was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant. Spago was noted for their wine list. Caroline Styne, Suzanne Goin’s business partner, was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur.
Outstanding Service nominees include our own Providence and Lucques. Eduardo Ruiz, Casey Lane, and Ari Taymor made the list for Rising Star Chef of the Year.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on May 5.
View the complete list of semi-finalists. [James Beard Foundation]