Awards & Accolades
Seattle's 2014 James Beard Award Semifinalists
Seattle, this could be a pretty good year.
What? It's James Beard season again?
Today the James Beard Foundation announced its long list of semifinalists. On March 18, this list gets winnowed down to actual nominees. The actual awards ceremony happens May 5.
A few years back, the biggest culinary honor in the land started teasing out additional interest (and shining a light on more chefs and restaurants) by releasing this preliminary semifinalist list. And it's a pretty good showing for the home team this year, with plenty of familiar names contending for the national awards like Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Chef. The Best Chef Northwest category also has some welcome new arrivals.
Here's the full list of Washington contenders.
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
John Sundstrom, Lark
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Chris Weber, the Herbfarm
Blaine Wetzel, Willows Inn
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Neil Roberston, Crumble and Flake
Rick and Ann Yoder, Wild Ginger
And, just for kicks, here's the entire Best Chef Northwest category:
Eric Donnelly, RockCreek
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins
Jason Franey, Canlis
Nathan Lockwood, Altura
Brendan McGill, Hitchcock
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table
Ethan Stowell, Staple and Fancy
Jason Stratton, Spinasse
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland
James Honaker, Bistro Enzo, Billings, Montana
Joe Kim, 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, Bend, Oregon
Richard Langston, Café Vicino, Boise
Trent Pierce, Roe, Portland
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland
Adam Sappington, The Country Cat, Portland
Chris Ainsworth, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Walla Walla
Andy Blanton, Cafe Kandahar, Whitefish, Montana
Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland
Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland