The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for 2017 awards, and metro Atlanta restaurants and chefs fared well. Many standbys made the list, along with several first-timers.
The finalists will be announced March 15 in Los Angeles, and the winner will be announced May 1 in Chicago.
Among national awards, The Federal, which opened last year, is in the running for Best New Restaurant, and Brian So of Spring in Marietta is among those chefs under the age of 30 nominated as a Rising Star Chef. Sarah O’Brien of Little Tart was nominated again in the Outstanding Baker category.
In the Best Chef: Southeast category, Ri Liu of Masterpiece in Duluth was nominated for the first time, along with return nominees Steven Satterfield, Kevin Gillespie, Billy Allin and Ryan Smith. If Satterfield is picked as a finalist, it will be his fifth year in a row.
Ford Fry sees his name in the hat again for Outstanding Restaurateur, along with Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank of Taqueria del Sol, while chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson got nods for his restaurants Five & Ten and Empire State South.
A complete list of 2017 semifinalists is online at jamesbeard.org/awards.
The following are all the Georgia semifinalists for this year:
Best New Restaurant
Sarah O’Brien, Little Tart, Atlanta
Outstanding Bar Program
Five & Ten, Athens
Ford Fry, (The Optimist, St. Cecilia, Superica, and others), Atlanta – Read reviews of Fry restaurants St. Cecilia, Superica, Bar Margot, Marcel, BeetleCat, JCT Kitchen, King + Duke and The El Felix, and read more about Fry’s expanding restaurant empire.
Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta
Outstanding Wine Program
Miller Union, Atlanta
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur
Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Atlanta
Ri Liu, Masterpiece, Duluth
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta
Ryan Smith, Staplehouse, Atlanta
A complete list of 2016 semifinalists is online at jamesbeard.org/awards.
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