It’s announcement day for the James Beard Foundation Awards, as semifinalists have been culled from the longer list of entrants in a number of categories. Here’s where Los Angeles fits into the grand plans for the Foundation.
Cooking From a Professional Point of View
Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, CA
Food Coverage in General-Interest Publication
Los Angeles Magazine, Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza
Design (restaurant under 75 seats)
Jon & Vinny’s (designers: Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Helen Johannesen, Jeff Guga)
Suzanne Goin, Lucques
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza
Best Chef: West
Michael Cimarusti, Providence
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon
Jon Shook / Vinny Dotolo, Animal
And of course, Father Greg Boyle has already been announced as this year’s Humanitarian winner.
So what do you think? Big surprise names like Baroo haven't made this final round of culling, leaving only a handful of the usual suspects (Goin, Jon & Vinny) to vie for supremacy at this year's awards in Chicago on May 2. So is L.A. once again getting screwed? Or, as some have suggested, is it more a question of timing and tourism? Weigh in below.