Local chefs, restaurants named semi-finalists for foodie 'Oscars'
Posted February 19, 2014
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.
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:
- Colin Bedford of The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro
- Ashley Christensen of Poole's Downtown Diner and other restaurants in Raleigh
- Vivian Howard of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston
- Scott Crawford of Herons at the Umstead in Cary
- Scott Howell of Nana's in Durham
- Matt Kelly of Vin Rouge and Mateo Tapas in Durham
- Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough
Finalists will be named March 18. The winners will be announced during a gala at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5.