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Bay Area Semifinalists Named for James Beard Awards

By Tamara Palmer | February 19, 2014 By Tamara Palmer  |  February 19, 2014
Credit: Gary Danko

Today, the James Beard Foundation Awards has named dozens of Bay Area restaurants, chefs and spirits professionals to its list of semifinalists. The final nominees will be announced on March 18 and the awards will take place on May 2 and 5 in New York City. Check out the locals vying for a shot at the Oscars of food.

Outstanding New Restaurant

The Cavalier, San Francisco

Coqueta, San Francisco

Tosca Cafe, San Francisco

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Hard Water, San Francisco

Trick Dog, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)

Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, San Francisco

Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco

Belinda Leong, b. patisserie, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

Greens, San Francisco

The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Terra, St. Helena

Outstanding Restaurateur

Larry Mindel, Poggio and Copita, Sausalito

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen, and Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar)

Outstanding Service

Quince, San Francisco

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena

Outstanding Wine Program

A16, San Francisco

Press, St. Helena

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol

Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wine, Napa

Jörg Rupf, St. George Spirits, Alameda

Burt Williams, Williams Selyem Winery, Healdsburg

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos

Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty, Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

Best Chef: West

Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville

Justin Cogley, Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, Carmel

Tyler Florence, Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco

Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco

James Syhabout, Commis, Oakland, CA

View the complete list of James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists here.

Places Mentioned

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Restaurant Gary Danko

French Fisherman's Wharf
Food28 Decor27 Service29 Cost$126
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Quince

Downtown
Food27 Decor28 Service27 Cost$177
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Aziza

Outer Richmond
Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$65
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Trick Dog

Eclectic The Mission
Food25 Decor21 Service21 Cost$36
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The Cavalier

British SoMa
Food22 Decor23 Service22 Cost$50
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Coqueta

Spanish Embarcadero
Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost$59
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Hard Water

Embarcadero
Food20 Decor21 Service19 Cost$42
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Food22 Decor23 Service21 Cost$58
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SPQR

Italian Lower Pacific Heights
Food26 Decor20 Service23 Cost$74
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State Bird Provisions

American Fillmore District/Western Addition
Food27 Decor21 Service26 Cost$69
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Copita

Mexican Sausalito
Food23 Decor21 Service20 Cost$42
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Poggio Trattoria

Italian Sausalito
Food25 Decor25 Service24 Cost$53
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Commis

New American Oakland
Food27 Decor22 Service26 Cost$129
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COI Restaurant

North Beach
Food26 Decor24 Service26 Cost$201

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