Tuesday, February 21, 2012

James Beard Award semifinalists announced

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hugh Acheson is one of the local chefs on the James Beard Awards shortlist
  • James Camp
  • Hugh Acheson is one of the local chefs on the James Beard Awards shortlist
The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semifinalists, and a number of Atlantans are represented.

It should be noted that the list of semifinalists is not the list of nominees - the two often get confused, even by the people on the list. The semifinalist list simply gives us the pool from which the judges will be picking the nominees.

On the list this year are:

Both Aaron Russell of Restaurant Eugene and Cynthia Wong of Empire State South, for Outstanding Pastry Chef
Both the Porter Beer Bar and Holeman and Finch Public House for Outstanding Bar Program
Kevin Gillespie for Rising Star Chef
Five and Ten in Athens for Outstanding Wine Program
And for Best Chef in the Southeast, Hugh Acheson of Empire State South and Five and Ten, Billy Allin of Cakes and Ale, and Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene.

You can see the full list of semifinalists here.

UPDATE: Somehow yesterday I missed the fact that Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol were also shortlisted in the Outstanding Restaurateur category. Which, I have to say, I find more than a little odd, but apparently this is the second year they've been shortlisted. So. Apologies.

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