James Beard Foundation Announces Chef and Restaurant Semifinalists


The James Beard Foundation has released a list of semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in various chef and restaurant categories. The nominees will be narrowed down on March 19, but in the meantime, check out which New York restaurants and bars have made it this far.

Best New Restaurant: Tertulia, Tremont
Outstanding Bar Program: PDT, Pegu Club
Outstanding Chef: David Chang, Momofuku Ssäm Bar; Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ghaya Oliveira, Boulud Sud; Bob Truitt, Ai Fiori
Outstanding Restaurant: Balthazar, Blue Hill
Outstanding Restaurateur: Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants; Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group
Outstanding Service: La Grenouille, Picholine
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Paul Grieco, Terroir; Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery; Neal Rosenthal, Mad Rose Group (Pine Plains, New York)
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Noah Bernamoff, Mile End; Emma Hearst, Sorella; Sara Lukasiewicz, Red Devon (Bangall, New York); Jesse Schenker, Recette; Max Sussman, Roberta’s; Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar
Best Chef: Northeast: Jeffrey Gimmel, Swoon Kitchenbar (Hudson, New York); Gerry Hayden, the North Fork Table & Inn (Southold, New York); Dano Hutnik, Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca (Lodi, New York); Serge Madikians, Serevan (Amenia, New York)