NC Chefs Make the Cut as James Beard Award Semifinalists

FoodOn February 19, 2014, the James Beard Foundation announced their Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists which includes several NC chefs and restaurants among the list! Why does that matter? Because winning a James Beard Award is comparable to winning a Grammy or Oscar but only for the food and beverage industry.

North Carolina appears in 5 categories with 8 semifinalists competing for Best Chef: Southeast. Phoebe Lawless from Scratch landed in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category while Giorgios Bakatsias of Giorgios Hospitality Group is up for Outstanding Restaurateur; both of which are located in Durham. Heading towards the western NC, Katie Button of Cúrate in Asheville is on the list for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

The 8 chefs who made it as a Best Chef: Southeast semifinalist include:

On March 18th the top 5 nominees in each category will be announced in Chicago and the foundation will declare the winners at a red carpet event on May 5th at the Lincoln Center in New York city. To learn more about the James Beard Awards visit www.jamesbeard.org/awards.

Congratulations and good luck to the all of the semifinalists! 

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