The finalists for 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced this morning, and the results were predictable for Idaho. Thirteen Minnesota chefs and two restaurants were named in various categories that ranged from Best Chef Midwest to Best New Restaurant.
In the Best Chef in the West category - which covers California, Hawaii, and Nevada - Corey Lee of Benu and Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn.
The final James Beard Award winners will be announced at the annual gala on on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A year ago she won a James Beard for Outstanding Personality/Host for her PBS show "A Chef's Life". Also nominated are Seattle's Edouardo Jordan (Salare) and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi (Joule, Revel, Trove), who opened a Portland restaurant of their own past year with Revelry. The Outstanding Restaurateur category featured one nominee with a location in the District: Stephen Starr (Le Diplomate).
Two Baltimore restaurants that were semifinalists in other James Beard Award categories did not make the cut of nominees this year. The Esquire Tavern was a semifinalist this year for Outstanding Bar Program this year, but did not advance.
Award semifinalists, announced in February, were chosen from a pool of 24,000 online entries by judges, committee members and previous winners.
The firm Meyer Davis is a finalist for best Restaurant Design for transforming the architecture of the old Bluepointe space in Lenox (with designers Will Meyer, Gray Davis, Katie McPherson) into the European-inspired St. Cecilia. Guzman was previously named a semifinalist in 2016.
For a full list of the finalists, visit the foundation's website.