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NC chefs named James Beard semi-finalists

Posted February 18, 2015

La Farm Bakery's Lionel and Missy Vatinet

— 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.

Two chefs were named semi-finalists for outstanding pastry chef. Phoebe Lawless of Durham's Scratch Bakery and Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery were on the list. 

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

  • Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto in Hillsborough 
  • Vivian Howard of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston 
  • Scott Howell of Nana's in Durham 
  • Matt Kelly of Mateo Tapas in Durham 
  • Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani, Asheville, NC
  • Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, NC
  • John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Finalists will be named March 24. The winners will be announced during a gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago in New York City on May 4. 


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  • Kimberly Rabbeni Feb 18, 2015
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    Go La Farm Bakery! You are the Best and it's about time you were recognized!

  • Fred-Jennifer Williams Feb 18, 2015
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    You should add a link to Chef and the Farmer. They keep their menu up to date. IF not, Google Chef and Farmer or visit their Facebook. I'm partial to them since i grew up down east and they keep true to form. delicious. Congrats!