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Monday, March 19, 2012

James Beard Finalists Announced Today: Here Are the Locals

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

One step closer to one of these babies.
  • One step closer to one of these babies.

Today, the James Beard Foundation announces the finalists for both its restaurant, book, and journalism awards, often called the "Oscars" of the food world. (Semifinalists for the 2012 restaurant awards were announced on February 21). The foundation is tweeting out the results as we type, so SFoodie will be tracking the Twitter feed, listing local finalists as they're announced. We'll post a link to the full press release as soon as it goes up on the foundation's website. The awards ceremonies will take place in New York on May 4 and 7.

Also, if we miss a local writer or restaurant, let me know in the comments and I'll add it.


Category: Profile
Emily Kaiser Thelin (San Francisco magazine)

Wine, Spirits, and Beverages

Ellen Cushing (East Bay Express)


Paula Wolfert, The Food of Morocco (revised edition)

David Darlington, An Ideal Wine

Focus on Health
Heidi Swanson, Super Natural Every Day

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Category: Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole

Outstanding Wine Program


Oustanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Professional

Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery

Who's Who Inductees

Emily Lucchetti, Farallon and Waterbar

Best Chef, Pacific

Michael Chiarello, Bottega; Chris Cosentino, Incanto; Christopher Kostow, Inn at Meadowood; Daniel Patterson, Coi

Rising Star Chef

Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food; Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water

Pastry Chef

Melissa Chou, Aziza

Best New Restaurant


Best Service

Cyrus, Michael Mina

Outstanding Restaurant


Outstanding Chef

Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko

Congratulations to all!

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