Tuesday, February 19, 2013

James Beard semifinalists

Restaurant and chef award semifinalists are out for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards. Among them is Charlotte's Eric Solomon, up again for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional, among 20 semifinalists (including Durham's Sean Lilly Wilson).
From elsewhere in the Carolinas:
For Best New Restaurant (29 semifinalists): Mateo Tapas in Durham and The Ordinary in Charleston.
Outstanding Restaurant (20): Chapel Hill's Lantern.
Outstanding Chef (20): Sean Brock of McCrady’s (yes, they specified McCrady's, but he's also in charge at the more in-the-news Husk).
Outstanding Pastry Chef (20): Phoebe Lawless of Durham's Scratch.
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Katie Button at Asheville's C├║rate.
Outstanding wine program: Angus Barn in Raleigh and Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel.
And among the 20 semifinalists for Best Chef: Southeast are Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh; Elliott Moss of The Admiral (soon to be of Buxton Hill) in Asheville; Scott Crawford of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary; Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston; Scott Howell at Nana’s in Durham; Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough, and, all in Charleston: Jeremiah Bacon at The Macintosh, Craig Deihl at Cypress ,and Joshua Keeler at Two Boroughs Larder.


Anonymous said...

Wow the Triangle seems to have a pretty decent restaurant scene.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Katie of Curate! She deserves it.

Anonymous said...

Does the James Beard Foundation not visit Charlotte, or do we just suck at keeping good chefs??