The James Beard Foundation has released the first round of restaurant and chef award semi-finalists. Congratulations to chefs Jean Robert de Cavel of Jean-Robert’s Table and Anne Kearney of Rue Dumaine, both nominated for Best Chef in the Great Lakes regional category. Semifinalists will be narrowed down to finalists in each category on March 19th, the same day that the nominees for books, journalism, broadcast media, and design awards are announced. Winners in those categories are announced May 4th; winners of the Chef and Restaurant categories will be announced at the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday May 7th.
“The James Beard Foundation Awards were established by the James Beard Foundation in 1990 through the merging of the two most prominent culinary awards in North America at the time: The R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook Awards and Cook’s Magazine and Restaurant Business’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. For the first iteration, the James Beard Foundation in 1991 expanded the program to include Restaurant and Chef Awards; in 1992 the James Beard Foundation established the Journalism Awards; in 1993 the Electronic Media (now Broadcast Media) Awards were introduced; and in 1995 the first Restaurant Design (now Design and Graphic) Awards were presented. These awards are announced in a separate ceremony held a few days prior to the Awards Gala at Lincoln Center”.