Atlanta chefs among James Beard semifinalists

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The James Beard Foundation announced their picks for the Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for 2014. Nominees were selected from a list of more than 34,000 entries. For the 25th anniversary, the semifinalists are grouped into 21 categories for each of the U.S.’s 10 regions. See this year’s full semifinalist list at the end of this press release or online at

Atlanta has 13 nominees. 

Best New Restaurant 
Lusca, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Pamela Moxley, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Restaurant 
Bacchanalia, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ford Fry, Atlanta, GA (The Optimist, King + Duke, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and others)

Outstanding Service 
One Flew South, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Wine Program
Miller Union, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional 
Steven Grubbs, Empire State South, Atlanta, GA

Rising Star Chef of the Year 
Landon Thompson, Cooks and Soldiers, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Bar Program
Kimball House, Decatur

Best Chef: Southeast
Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA 
Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Atlanta, GA
Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Atlanta, GA
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA 
The final nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.



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