Bay Area Well Represented for 2010 James Beard Awards

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    The French Laundry is always on the list of the Bay Area's best restaurants.

    The semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Awards have been announced, and though it remains to be seen who will make it to the final ceremony in May, the Bay Area made a decent showing with the initial nominations.

    Of the major categories, the best local showing is in the Outstanding Restaurateur one, with Michael Dellar (Lark Creek), Pat Kuleto, Tim Stannard (Bacchus Mgmt) and Doug Washington (Town Hall et al.) all getting nods. Gary Danko, Michael Mina, and Charles Phan are recognized in the Outstanding Chefs category, while Bouchon, Boulevard and Delfina are among the Outstanding Restaurants.

    For the newbies, Perry Hoffman (Etoile) and Timothy Hollingsworth (French Laundry) represent in the Rising Star category and Best New Restaurant noms include Frances, Flour + Water, Adesso and RN74. Also awkward/sad/notable: both Jeremy and Deanie Fox are nominated for their work at Ubuntu in the Best Chef: Pacific and Pastry Chef categories, respectively.

    2010 James Beard Foundation Awards

    Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

    OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR

    Ashok Bajaj, 701, Ardeo, Bardeo, Bibiana Osteria-Entoteca, The Bombay Club, The Oval Room, and Rasika, Washington, D.C.

     

    Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods, Boston

     

    Frank Bonanno, Bones, Luca d’Italia, Mizuna, and Osteria Marco, Denver

     

    Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants, NYC

     

    Myles Chefetz, Myles Restaurant Group, Miami Beach, FL

     

    Larry D’Amico and Richard D’Amico, D’Amico & Partners, Minneapolis

     

    Michael Dellar, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, San Francisco

     

    Tom Douglas, Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Serious Pie, Seattle

     

    Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Denver

     

    Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Scottsdale, AZ

     

    Jim Goode and Levi Goode, Goode Company Restaurants, Houston

     

    Pano Karatassos, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Atlanta

     

    Pat Kuleto, Pat Kuleto Restaurant Development & Management Co., San Francisco

     

    Donald J. Madia, Avec, Big Star Taqueria and Bar, Blackbird, The Publican, and The Violet Hour, Chicago

     

    Keith McNally, Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, NYC

     

    Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

     

    Nick Pihakis, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, AL

     

    Tim Stannard, Bacchus Management Group, San Francisco

     

    Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurant Organization, Philadelphia

     

    Doug Washington, Anchor & Hope, Salt House, and Town Hall, San Francisco

     


    OUTSTANDING CHEF

     

    José Andrés, Minibar, Washington, D.C.

     

    Tom Colicchio, Craft, NYC

     

    Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

     

    Robert Del Grande, RDG + Bar Annie, Houston

     

    Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

     

    Sam Hayward, Fore Street, Portland, ME

     

    Jean Joho, Everest, Chicago

     

    Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago

     

    Michael Mina, Michael Mina, San Francisco

     

    Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, GA

     

    Mark Peel, Campanile, Los Angeles

     

    Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco

     

    Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles, Dallas

     

    Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

     

    Michael Smith, Michael Smith, Kansas City, MO

     

    Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

     

    Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL

     

    Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy, Seattle

     

    Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

     

    Janos Wilder, Janos, Tucson, AZ

     


    OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT

     

    Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Honolulu

     

    The American Restaurant, Kansas City, MO

     

    Babbo, NYC

     

    Bouchon, Yountville, CA

     

    Boulevard, San Francisco

     

    Canlis, Seattle

     

    Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill, NC

     

    Daniel, NYC

     

    Delfina, San Francisco

     

    Fore Street, Portland, ME

     

    Higgins Restaurant and Bar, Portland, OR

     

    Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL

     

    Les Nomades, Chicago

     

    Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC

     

    Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

     

    Sanford, Milwaukee

     

    Spiaggia, Chicago

     

    Vetri, Philadelphia

     

    Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

     

    Vincent on Camelback, Phoenix

     

    RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR

     

    Josh Adams, June, Peoria Heights, IL

     

    Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee

     

    Benjamin Bailly, Petrossian, West Hollywood, CA

     

    Justin Basye, Stella Sola, Houston

     

    Sonja Finn, Dinette, Pittsburgh

     

    Vanessa Garcia, Restaurant Charlie at the Palazzo, Las Vegas

     

    David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo, Philadelphia

     

    Kevin Gillespie, Woodfire Grill, Atlanta

     

    Will Gilson, Garden at the Cellar, Cambridge, MA

     

    Sam Gorenstein, BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

     

    Carly Groben, Proof, Des Moines, IA

     

    Colin Hazama, Kauai Grill at the St. Regis Princeville, Kaua’i, HI

     

    Perry Hoffman, Etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon, Yountville, CA

     

    Timothy Hollingsworth, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

     

    Casey Lane, The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, CA

     

    Matthew Lightner, Castagna, Portland, OR

     

    Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.

     

    Grégory Pugin, Veritas, NYC

     

    Charles “Chip” Roman, Blackfish, Conshohocken, PA

     

    Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

     

    James Rugile, Venue Bistro, Denver

     

    Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

     

    Joshua Smith, A Mano, New Orleans

     

    Lee Styer, Fond, Philadelphia

     

    Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, Minneapolis

     

    Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's, New Orleans

     


    BEST NEW RESTAURANT

     

    A Mano, New Orleans

     

    Adesso, Oakland, CA

     

    Anchovies & Olives, Seattle

     

    Bar La Grassa, Minneapolis

     

    Bibou, Philadelphia

     

    Bluebird Tavern, Burlington, VT

     

    Chifa, Philadelphia

     

    Cibo Matto at the Wit, Chicago

     

    Eos at Viceroy, Miami

     

    Eventide, Arlington, VA

     

    Flour + Water, San Francisco

     

    Frances, San Francisco

     

    Good Food on Montford, Charlotte, NC

     

    Il Casale, Belmont, MA

     

    J & G Steakhouse, Washington, D.C.

     

    Koo Zee Doo, Philadelphia

     

    La Condesa, Austin, TX

     

    Locanda Verde, NYC

     

    Marea, NYC

     

    Miller Union, Atlanta

     

    Ninety Acres at Natirar, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

     

    Pelago at the Raffaello Hotel, Chicago

     

    Ping, Portland, OR

     

    RN74, San Francisco

     

    Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe

     

    Sage at Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

     

    St. Francis, Phoenix

     

    Samar, Dallas

     

    Soleá at the W South Beach, Miami Beach, FL

     

    Tavern, Los Angeles

     

    Trummer’s on Main, Clifton, VA

     

    OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF

     

    Cory Barrett, Lola, Cleveland

     

    Beth Biundo, Lilette, New Orleans

     

    Amanda Cook, CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

     

    Deanie Fox, Ubuntu, Napa, CA

     

    Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis

     

    Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

     

    Carla Gonçalves, Koo Zee Doo, Philadelphia

     

    Kamel Guechida, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

     

    Marie Jackson, Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

     

    Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Cafe, Cambridge, MA

     

    Joe Logsdon, La Mie, Des Moines, IA

     

    Yasmín Lozada-Hissom, Duo, Denver

     

    James Miller, Cafe Besalu, Seattle

     

    Cherie Pascua, Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, Honolulu

     

    Nicole Plue, Redd, Yountville, CA

     

    Michelle Polzine, Range, San Francisco

     

    Jessie Prawlucki, Fond, Philadelphia

     

    Plinio Sandalio, Textile, Houston

     

    Mindy Segal, Mindy’s HotChocolate, Chicago

     

    Philip Speer, Uchi, Austin, TX

     

    OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE

     

    A16, San Francisco

     

    Acquerello, San Francisco

     

    Alinea, Chicago

     

    Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

     

    Canlis, Seattle

     

    Emeril's New Orleans

     

    Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO

     

    Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT

     

    Il Capriccio, Waltham, MA

     

    Jean Georges, NYC

     

    La Belle Vie, Minneapolis

     

    La Toque, Napa, CA

     

    NoMI at Park Hyatt Chicago

     

    Patina, Los Angeles

     

    Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

     

    Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

     

    Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

     

    Tarbell's, Phoenix

     

    Tria, Philadelphia

     

    V. Mertz, Omaha, NE

     

    OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL

     

    Larry Bell, Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, MI

    Derek Brown, The Passenger, Washington, D.C.


    Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

     

    Brian Duncan, Bin 36, Chicago

     

    Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Wines, Sebastopol, CA

     

    Alex Golitzin, Quilceda Creek, Snohomish, WA

     

    Paul Grieco, Hearth, NYC

     

    David Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards, Cazadero, CA

     

    Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company, Boston

     

    Stephen R. McCarthy, Clear Creek Distillery, Portland, OR

     

    Michael McCaulley, Tria restaurants and Fermentation School, Philadelphia

     

    Greg Moore, Moore Brothers Wine Company, Pennsauken, NJ, NYC, and Wilmington, DE

     

    Garrett Oliver, The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

     

    Neal Rosenthal, Rosenthal Wine Merchant/Mad Rose Group, NYC

     

    Jörg Rupf, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

     

    John Shafer and Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards, Napa, CA

     

    Alpana Singh, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

     

    Eric Solomon, European Cellars/Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC

     

    Julian P. Van Winkle, III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY

     

    Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV/Wine Library, Springfield, NJ

     

    OUTSTANDING SERVICE

     

    Acquerello, San Francisco

     

    Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI

     

    Alinea, Chicago

     

    Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

     

    Carlos', Highland Park, IL

     

    The Compound, Santa Fe

     

    The Dining Room at the Langham, Pasadena, CA

     

    Emeril’s New Orleans

     

    Fountain Restaurant at Four Seasons Philadelphia

     

    Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

     

    La Grenouille, NYC

     

    La Mer at Halekulani, Honolulu

     

    Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC

     

    Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.

     

    Michael Mina, San Francisco

     

    Nobhill Tavern at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

     

    Penrose Room at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

     

    Spiaggia, Chicago

     

    Upperline, New Orleans

     

    Vetri, Philadelphia


    BEST CHEF: PACIFIC

     

    William Bradley, Addison at the Grand del Mar, San Diego

     

    Kevin Chong, Chef Mavro, Honolulu

     

    Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

     

    Josiah Citrin, Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

     

    Jeremy Fox, Ubuntu, Napa, CA

     

    Hiroshi Fukui, Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, Honolulu

     

    Bev Gannon, Joe’s, Wailea, HI

     

    Laurence Jossel, Nopa, San Francisco

     

    Loretta Keller, Coco500, San Francisco

     

    David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

     

    Andrew Kirschner, Wilshire, Santa Monica, CA

     

    Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

     

    Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco

     

    David LeFevre, Water Grill, Los Angeles

     

    Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

     

    Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

     

    Richard Reddington, Redd, Yountville, CA

     

    John Rivera Sedlar, Rivera, Los Angeles

     

    Craig Strong, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

     

    Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

     

    BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES

     

    Myles Anton, Trattoria Stella, Traverse City, MI

     

    Zack Bruell, Parallax, Cleveland

     

    Michael Carlson, Schwa, Chicago

     

    Randy Chamberlain, Blu, Glen Arbor, MI

     

    Curtis Duffy, Avenues at the Peninsula Chicago

     

    Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chicago

     

    Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux, La Bécasse, Maple City, MI

     

    Bill Kim, Urbanbelly, Chicago

     

    Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis

     

    Chris Nugent, Les Nomades, Chicago

     

    Brian Polcyn, Forest Grill, Birmingham, MI

     

    Kent Rigsby, Rigsby's Kitchen, Columbus, OH

     

    Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s, Chicago

     

    Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago

     

    David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, IN

     

    Giuseppe Tentori, Boka, Chicago

     

    Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL

     

    Eric Williams, Momocho, Cleveland

     

    Magdiale Wolmark, Dragonfly Neo-V Cuisine, Columbus, OH

     

    Alex Young, Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

     

    BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC

     

    Andrew Araneo, Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport, NJ

     

    Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

     

    James Burke, James, Philadelphia

     

    Pierre Calmels, Bibou, Philadelphia

     

    Andrea Carbine, A Toute Heure, Cranford, NJ

     

    Tony Conte, The Oval Room, Washington, D.C.

     

    Douglass Dick, Bona Terra, Sharpsburg, PA

     

    Terence Feury, Fork, Philadelphia

     

    David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo, Philadelphia

     

    Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

     

    Melissa Close Hart, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA

     

    Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Philadelphia

     

    Peter Pastan, Obelisk, Washington, D.C.

     

    Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella, Philadelphia

     

    Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ

     

    Dale Reitzer, Acacia, Richmond, VA

     

    Joe Romanowski, Bay Avenue Trattoria, Highlands, NJ

     

    Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

     

    Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

     

    Bryan Voltaggio, Volt, Frederick, MD

     

    BEST CHEF: MIDWEST

     

    Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

     

    Jennifer Coco, The Flatiron Cafe, Omaha, NE

     

    Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis

     

    Linda Duerr, Zest, Leawood, KS

     

    George Formaro, Centro, Des Moines, IA

     

    Vincent Francoual, Vincent, Minneapolis

     

    Josh Galliano, Monarch, St. Louis

     

    Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO

     

    Nicholas Johnson, Restaurant Magnus, Madison, WI

     

    Steve Logsdon, Lucca, Des Moines, IA

     

    Håkan Lundberg, Cosmos, Minneapolis

     

    Peggy Magister, Crazy Water, Milwaukee

     

    Mike Phillips, The Craftsman, Minneapolis

     

    Alexander Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis

     

    Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul, MN

     

    Dario Schicke, Dario's Brasserie, Omaha, NE

     

    Matt Steigerwald, Lincoln Café, Mount Vernon, IA

     

    Dan Van Rite, Hinterland, Milwaukee

     

    Jim Webster, Wild Rice, Bayfield, WI

     

    Stewart Woodman, Heidi’s, Minneapolis

     

    BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY

     

    Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern

     

    April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig

     

    Marco Canora, Hearth

     

    Scott Conant, Scarpetta

     

    Polo Dobkin, Dressler

     

    Wylie Dufresne, WD-50

     

    John Fraser, Dovetail

     

    Kurt Gutenbrunner, Wallsé

     

    Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune

     

    Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park

     

    Craig Koketsu, Park Avenue

     

    Mark Ladner, Del Posto

     

    Paul Liebrandt, Corton

     

    George Mendes, Aldea

     

    Seamus Mullen, Boqueria

     

    Michael Psilakis, Anthos

     

    Bill Telepan, Telepan

     

    Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

     

    Michael White, Marea

     

    Naomichi Yasuda, Sushi Yasuda

     

    BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST

     

    Mike Andrzejewski, Sea Bar, Buffalo, NY

     

    Lara and Steve Atkins, The Kitchen Table Bistro, Richmond, VT

     

    Stephen Cavagnaro, Cavey’s, Manchester, CT

     

    Penelle Chase, Phoebe Chase, Megan Chase, and Ted Lafage, Chase's Daily, Belfast, ME

     

    Dante de Magistris, Il Casale, Belmont, MA

     

    Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca, Portland, ME

     

    Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon, Straight Wharf Restaurant, Nantucket, MA

     

    Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, Arrows Restaurant, Ogunquit, ME

     

    Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY

     

    Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden, ME

     

    Steve Johnson, Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge, MA

     

    Peter X. Kelly, Xaviar's at Piermont, Piermont, NY

     

    Michael LaScola, American Seasons, Nantucket, MA

     

    Michael Leviton, Lumière, West Newton, MA

     

    Tony Maws, Craigie on Main, Cambridge, MA

     

    Marc Orfaly, Pigalle, Boston

     

    Guy Reuge, Mirabelle at Three Village Inn, Stony Brook, NY

     

    Bruce Tillinghast, New Rivers, Providence

     

    Sai Viswanath, DeWolf Tavern, Bristol, RI

     

    Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT

     

    BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST

     

    Chris Ainsworth, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Walla Walla, WA

     

    Oswaldo Bibiano, Autentica, Portland, OR

     

    Andy Blanton, Cafe Kandahar, Whitefish, MT

     

    Dustan Bristol, Brick 29 Bistro, Nampa, ID

     

    Guy Conley, Ginger, Anchorage, AK

     

    Kevin Davis, Steelhead Diner, Seattle

     

    Matt Dillon, The Corson Building, Seattle

     

    Jeff Drew, Snake River Grill, Jackson, WY

     

    Mark Fuller, Spring Hill, Seattle

     

    John Gorham, Toro Bravo, Portland, OR

     

    Jenn Louis, Lincoln, Portland, OR

     

    Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR

     

    Andy Ricker, Pok Pok, Portland, OR

     

    Charlene Rollins, New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro, Talent, OR

     

    Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

     

    Ethan Stowell, Union, Seattle

     

    Ian Troxler, Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT

     

    Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR

     

    Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle

     

    Rachel Yang, Joule, Seattle

     

    BEST CHEF: SOUTH

     

    Zach Bell, Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, FL

     

    Scott Boswell, Stella!, New Orleans

     

    Aaron Burgau, Patois, New Orleans

     

    Derek Emerson, Walker’s Drive-In, Jackson, MS

     

    Kevin F. Fonzo, K Restaurant Wine Bar, Orlando, FL

     

    Adolfo Garcia, Rio Mar, New Orleans

     

    Tom Gray, Bistro Aix, Jacksonville, FL

     

    John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans

     

    Christopher Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL

     

    Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL

     

    Miles James, James at the Mill, Johnson, AR

     

    Philip Krajeck, Fish Out of Water at WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

     

    Jose Martinez, Maison Blanche, Longboat Key, FL

     

    Dean James Max, 3030 Ocean at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL

     

    Lee Richardson, Ashley’s at Capital Hotel, Little Rock, AR

     

    Jeanie Roland, The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL

     

    Philippe Ruiz, Palme d’Or at the Biltmore, Coral Gables, FL

     

    Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

     

    David and Torre Solazzo, Ristorante Del Porto, Covington, LA

     

    Kris Wessel, Red Light Little River, Miami

     

    BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST

     

    Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA

     

    Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA

     

    Sean Brock, McCrady's, Charleston, SC

     

    Tyler Brown, The Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

     

    Ashley Christensen, Poole's, Raleigh, NC

     

    Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC

     

    Kelly English, Restaurant Iris, Memphis, TN

     

    Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta

     

    Damian Heath, Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, WV

     

    Scott Howell, Nana's, Durham, NC

     

    Anthony Lamas, Seviche, Louisville, KY

     

    Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY

     

    Daniel Lindley, St. John's Restaurant, Chattanooga, TN

     

    Jonathan Lundy, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Lexington, KY

     

    Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn, Midway, KY

     

    Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

     

    Bill Smith, Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill, NC

     

    Jacob Sessoms, Table, Asheville, NC

     

    Ken Vedrinski, Sienna, Daniel Island, SC

     

    Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

     

    BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST

     

    Bertrand Bouquin, Summit at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

     

    Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ

     

    James Campbell Caruso, La Boca, Santa Fe

     

    Bryan Caswell, Reef, Houston

     

    Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas

     

    Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin, TX

     

    Eric DiStefano, Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe

     

    Mark Fischer, Six89, Carbondale, CO

     

    Sharon A. Hage, York Street, Dallas

     

    Ryan Hardy, Montagna at the Little Nell, Aspen, CO

     

    Jennifer James, Jennifer James 101, Albuquerque, NM

     

    Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver

     

    Richard Knight and James Silk, Feast, Houston

     

    Claude Le Tohic, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

     

    Kelly Liken, Kelly Liken, Vail, CO

    Beau MacMillan, Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Paradise Valley, AZ

    Rick Moonen, RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

    Armando Pomales, Café Central, El Paso, TX

    Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe, Phoenix

    Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver