Local chefs, restaurants named James Beard semi-finalists
Posted February 17
Updated February 18
Raleigh, N.C. — Some local chefs and restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Foundation awards.
The awards are often referred to as "The Oscars of Food," and the Triangle has a legacy of taking home honors.
James Beard award winning chef Ashley Christensen's Death and Taxes was named a semi-finalist for best new restaurant in the country. Christensen was also named a semi-finalist for best chef.
Cynthia Wong, of Rhubarb in Asheville was named a semi-finalist for best pastry chef.
North Carolina is also well-represented in the list of semi-finalists for best chef in the southeast. Among those on the list:
- Scott Crawford of Standard Foods in Raleigh
- Steven Devereaux Greene of Herons in the Umstead Hotel in Cary
- Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough
- Vivian Howard of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston
- Matt Kelly of Mateo Tapas in Durham
- Nate Allen of Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine
- Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 in Asheville
- Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson
Finalists will be named March 15. The winners will be announced during a gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago in New York City on May 2.