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News Thu Feb 17 2011

2011 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

beardfoundationawards2011.jpgThe semifinalists for this year's James Beard Awards have been announced, with plenty of familiar Chicago names making the list, as expected. Bear in mind, though, that this list will be cut down considerably on March 21, so an appearance here is not a guarantee of an invitation in May.

The full list of semifinalists is available here [PDF]; see the full Chicago list after the jump. One name that's not there may surprise you: Alinea. As Nick Kindelsperger notes, Grant Achatz and his restaurant have won every award he and it are currently eligible for, so we shouldn't expect to see it on the list again until 2015, when Alinea is 10 years old and therefore eligible for Outstanding Restaurant.

Best New Restaurant
Girl & the Goat

Outstanding Chef
Paul Kahan, Blackbird
Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Patrick Fahy, Blackbird
Mindy Segal, Mindy's HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar

Outstanding Restaurant
Spiaggia
Tru

Outstanding Restaurateur
Scott Harris, Davanti Enoteca, DiSotto Enoteca, Dough Boys, Fat Rosie's, Francesca's, Osteria Ottimo, Purple Pig and Salatino's
Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Outstanding Service
Les Nomades
Topolobampo

Outstanding Wine Service
Avenues at the Peninsula, Michael Muser

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional
Charles Joly, The Drawing Room

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Anthony Martin, Tru

Best Chefs in America - Great Lakes
Michael Carlson, Schwa
Curtis Duffy, Avenues at the Peninsula
Dirk Flanigan, Henri
Dale Levitski, Sprout
Chris Nugent, Les Nomades
Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs
Bruce Sherman, North Pond

Steven / February 20, 2011 2:37 AM

Missed Bruce Sherman at North Pond for Great Lakes.

Andrew Huff / February 20, 2011 4:38 PM

Whoops, you're absolutely right. Sorry for the oversight -- Bruce has been added.

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