2014 James Beard Semifinalists Announced

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists have been announced. Local chefs and restaurateurs and restaurants made it to the semifinals in ten categories including Outstanding Restaurant, Fork, and three nominees for Rising Star Chef of the Year, Chris Kearse, Will, Ben Puchowitz, Cheu Noodle Bar and Ben Nerenhausen, Mistral (Princeton, NJ).

The full list is below.

Outstanding Restaurant


Outstanding Chef

Marc Vetri, Vetri

Outstanding Restaurateur

Stephen Starr
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Chris Kearse, Will
Ben Puchowitz, Cheu Noodle Bar
Ben Nerenhausen, Mistral (Princeton, NJ)

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Scott Anderson, Elements (Princeton, NJ)
Joe Baldino, Zeppoli
Pierre Calmels, Bibou
Joe Cicala, Le Virtu
Rich Landau, Vedge
Lucas Manteca, Red Store (Cape May, NJ)
Bryan Sikora, La Fia Bakery Market Bistro (Wilmington, DE)
Brad Spence, Amis
Lee Styer, Fond

Outstanding Service


Best New Restaurant

Laurel, Nick Elmi
Serpico, Peter Serpico

Outstanding Bar Program

Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.

Outstanding Wine, Spirits Professional

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewing
Tom Peters, Monk’s Cafe

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kate Jacoby, Vedge

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