Today brings the announcement of the 2016 James Beard Award semifinalists for restaurants and chefs— that is, the lengthy list of nominees that will be narrowed down to a much shorter list of finalists next month.
Here are the locals who made the cut:
Outstanding Chef: Donald Link, Herbsaint
Best New Restaurant: Shaya
Outstanding Bar Program: Arnaud's French 75 Bar; Cure
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Kelly Fields, Willa Jean
Outstanding Restaurateur: JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline
Outstanding Service: Brigtsen's; Restaurant August
Outstanding Wine Program: Commander's Palace
Best Chef South: Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery; Michael Gulotta, MoPho; Slade Rushing, Brennan's; Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette; Isaac Toups, Toups' Meatery
Scope out the full list of semifinalists at Eater.com.