Courtesy Casey Cora
DOWNTOWN — The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its annual awards, and a number of Chicago’s top chefs and restaurants are in the running for everything from Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Service.
Notably absent: Alinea, which was honored as Outstanding Restaurant in 2016.
Final nominees will be named March 15, and winners will be announced at a gala event set for May 1 at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House.
Here are Chicago’s semifinalists:
Best New Restaurant: Oriole, Roister and Smyth
Outstanding Baker: Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Bar Program: Lost Lake
Outstanding Chef: Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia; Carrie Nahabedian, Naha
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Aya Fukai, Maple & Ash; Meg Galus, Boka