Here Are All the L.A. Restaurants and Chefs Up for 2018 James Beard Awards

Well-deserved national recognition for some local faves

The James Beard Awards are basically the Oscars of food—but, obviously, way more delicious. This morning, the foundation that bestows the prizes announced the list of semifinalists up for categories including Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Wine Program, and Best Chef. There are plenty of Los Angeles-area favorites on the semifinalists list (including commanding a full 40 percent of the Best Chef noms for the entire Western region), which will next be winnowed down to final nominees announced at a March 14 ceremony, with the awards themselves handed out on May 7.

Here are all the local chefs and restaurants that made the cut:

Best Chef: West
Tony Xu, Chengdu Taste, Alhambra
Carlos Salgado, Taco María, Costa Mesa
Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles
Travis Lett, Gjelina, Venice
Jessica Koslow, Sqirl, Los Angeles
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
Josef Centeno, Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Liz Johnson, Freedman’s, Los Angeles
Miles Thompson, Michael’s, Santa Monica
Jonathan Yao, Kato, Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant
Felix Trattoria, Venice
Kismet, Los Angeles
Vespertine, Culver City

Outstanding Wine Program
a.o.c., Los Angeles

Outstanding Service
Providence, Los Angeles
Park’s Barbeque, Los Angeles
n/naka, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurateur
Caroline Styne, The Lucques Group, Los Angeles
Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, Rustic Canyon Group, Santa Monica

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Margarita Manzke, République, Los Angeles

Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Clacson, Los Angeles

Outstanding Baker
Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf, Lodge Bread Company, Los Angeles

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