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Local chefs, restaurants named semi-finalists for foodie 'Oscars'

Posted February 19, 2014

Chef Ashley Christensen (Photo by Victor Chavez)

— 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.

Here's a rundown of those named semi-finalists: 

  • Outstanding Pastry Chef: Phoebe Lawless of Durham's Scratch Bakery
  • Rising Star Chef: Katie Button of Curate in Ashevlle 
  • Outstanding Restauranteur: Giorgios Bakatsias of Durham (Kipos, Parizade, Village Burgers) 
  • Outstanding Restaurant: The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro

North Carolina is also well-represented in the list of semi-finalists for Best Chef in the Southeast. Among those on the list: 

Finalists will be named March 18. The winners will be announced during a gala at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5. 

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  • kpm45 Feb 20, 2014

    I am a regular customer to Panciuto's in Hillsborough. Aaron Vandemark is a very gifted Chef, his creations are excellent and I mean creations. If you have never been it is worth the trip to enjoy his food. Most if not all of the food served is locally sourced. His sister Lauren, is a most gracious host and the rest of the wait staff are very professional.