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Announcing SF’s James Beard Awards Finalists 2017

Here’s who is moving to the next round from the Bay Area

James Beard Awards Finalists have been announced, with many Bay Area restaurants and chefs making the cut for the industry accolade. In fact, San Francisco majorly represented the West Coast as a whole in many of the non-regional awards categories, including taking two slots in the Best New Restaurant category alongside NYC— LA did not receive a nomination in this category.

Meanwhile, Corey Lee and Dominique Crenn made it through to the final round for Best Chef West, beating out a seriously talented crowd that included Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club), Mourad Lahlou (Mourad, Aziza), Joshua Skenes (Saison), James Syhabout (Hawker Fare, Commis), Anthony Mangieri (Una Pizza Napoletana) and more (see the full list of semifinalists here).

The winners in each category will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1.

Best Chef West (CA, HI, NV)

Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn

Corey Lee, Benu, In Situ, Monsieur Benjamin

Outstanding Chef

David Kinch, Manresa

Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood

Best New Restaurant

In Situ

Tartine Manufactory

Outstanding Baker

Belinda Leong and Michael Suas, B. Patisserie

Outstanding Wine Program


Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole

Restaurant Design

Leo’s Oyster Bar, Ken Fulk

Single Thread Restaurant, AvroKo

2017 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees

Rajat Parr, Mina Group

2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

La Taqueria

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate

Book Award: Beverage Category

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki, Martin Cate with Rebecca Cate

San Francisco’s 2017 James Beard Award Semifinalists Are Here [ESF]

Article by Ellen Fort (c) Eater SF - All - Read full story here.