James Beard Award Semi-Finalists Announced This Morning

james-beard2by Steven Doyle

The James Beard Award Semi-Finalists were just announced and Texas received just a little more love than usual, particularly in the Best Chef Southwest category where you will see a small handful of DFW names such as David Uygur, John Tesar, and Matt McCallister.

We also spotted former Dallas chef David Bull, now in Austin, on this list as well. Also one of our favorite Austin restaurants, Barley Swine chef Bryce Gilmore was honored.  

Cafe on the Green was also a local standout in the Outstanding Wine Program category. Casa Rubia took a nod for Best New Restaurant.

Some special love was sent to Abacus for Outstanding Service, as was The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

We have a list of some of the more interesting categories below. The finalists are to be announced on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, and the winners will be honored at the James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, 2014 in New York.

Best Chef: Southwest
Charleen Badman, FnB, Scottsdale, AZ
Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ
Bowman Brown, Forage, Salt Lake City
David Bull, Congress, Austin
James Campbell Caruso, La Boca, Santa Fe                    
Rob Connoley, The Curious Kumquat, Silver City, NM
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin       
Jennifer James, Jennifer James 101, Albuquerque, NM
Matt McCallister, FT33, Dallas                     
Frederick Muller, El Meze, Taos, NM
Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston
Jeff Osaka, Twelve, Denver
Jonathan Perno, La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe
Silvana Salcido, Barrio Café, Phoenix
Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver
Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston
John Tesar, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas
David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas
Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston
 
Outstanding Wine Program
5 & 10, Athens, GA
A16, San Francisco
Addison at the Grand Del Mar, San Diego
Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA
Bar Boulud, NYC
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX
CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
FIG, Charleston, SC
The Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans
The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar, NYC
Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas
Press, St. Helena, CA
Rouge Tomate, NYC
Sepia, Chicago
Spago, Beverly Hills, CA
Troquet, Boston
Yono’s Restaurant, Albany, NY
 
Outstanding Service
Abacus, Dallas
Bacchanalia, Atlanta
Blue Hill, NY
Brigtsen’s, New Orleans Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
 L’Espalier, Boston Komi, Washington, D.C.
 L2O, Chicago
 Lucques, West Hollywood, CA
 Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
 Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
 McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
 One Flew South, Atlanta
 Persimmon, Bristol, RI
 Providence, Los Angeles
 Quince, San Francisco
 Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
 The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
 Topolobampo, Chicago
 Vetri, Philadelphia
 

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