LA Chefs Receive Overwhelming 22 James Beard Award Nominations


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The James Beard Foundation has just announced an impressive 22 Los Angeles chefs as semifinalists for the 2013 Restaurant Awards. In addition, Austrian restaurant BierBesisl received two semifinal nominations, including Best New Restaurant and Rising Star Chef.

A jury that includes journalists, past nominees and past winners votes on the candidates, according to, and each voter is asked “to have actually experienced a particular restaurant’s atmosphere and food in order to vote for it.”

Los Angeles chefs were received the coveted nominations for semifinalists include Josef Ceneno, David LeFevre, John Rivera Sedlar, Ricardo Zarate, Michael Cimarusti and more. According to, Karen Hatfield of Sycamore Kitchen received a semifinalist nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The final five nominees will be announced on March 18 during a press conference. For a full list of semifinalist nominations, click here. The 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards will take place on May 3 and 6 in New York City.

Here is a rundown of the Los Angeles nominations for semifinalists:

Best New Restaurant

BierBeisl, Beverly Hills, CA
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, CA

Outstanding Bar Program 
Rivera, Los Angeles
The Varnish, Los Angeles

Outstanding Chef
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, CA
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Karen Hatfield, The Sycamore Kitchen, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant
Patina, Los Angeles
Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

Outstanding Restauranteur 
Piero Selvaggio, Valentino Restaurant Group (Valentino, Valentino Vin Bar), Santa Monica, CA
Caroline Styne (Lucques, Tavern, A.O.C., etc.), West Hollywood, CA

Outstanding Service
Providence, Los Angeles

Outstanding Wine Beer or Sprits Professional 
Manfred Krankl, Sine Qua Non, Ventura, CA

Rising Star Chef
Bernhard Mairinger, BierBeisl, Beverly Hills, CA
Kris Yenbamroong, Night + Market, West Hollywood, CA

Best Chef, West
Josef Centeno, Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles
Andrew Kirschner, Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, CA
David LeFevre, M.B. Post, Manhattan Beach, CA
John Rivera Sedlar, Rivera, Los Angeles
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles
Ricardo Zarate, Mo-Chica, Los Angeles
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

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