2010 Beard Semifinalists Announced | Bleader

2010 Beard Semifinalists Announced


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It's an assured sign of spring that the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists have just been released. Now begin several months of hype, handicapping, and occasional conspiracy theorizing: on March 22 the finalists are announced, and on May 3 the winners get their medals. Among the roughly 20 picks in each category, determined by a panel of 400 judges, are more than a few perennially nodded-to locals, and some newbies too:

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia (Blackbird, Avec, the Publican, Big Star, the Violet Hour)
Rich Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Outstanding Chef
Paul Kahan for Blackbird
Jean Joho for Everest

Outstanding Restaurant
Les Nomades

Rising Star Chef
Josh Adams, June, Peoria Heights, IL

Best New Restaurant
Cibo Matto

Best Pastry Chef
Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate

Best Wine Service

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
Brian Duncan, Bin 36
Alpana Singh, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Outstanding service

Best Chef, Great Lakes
Michael Carlson, Schwa
Curtis Duffy, Avenues
Koren Grieveson, Avec
Bill Kim, Urban Belly
Chris Nugent, Les Nomades
Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s
Bruce Sherman, North Pond
Giuseppe Tentori, Boka
Paul Virant, Vie