James Beard Finalists Announced Today: Here Are the Locals

One step closer to one of these babies.
Today, the James Beard Foundation announces the finalists for both its restaurant, book, and journalism awards, often called the "Oscars" of the food world. (Semifinalists for the 2012 restaurant awards were announced on February 21). The foundation is tweeting out the results as we type, so SFoodie will be tracking the Twitter feed, listing local finalists as they're announced. We'll post a link to the full press release as soon as it goes up on the foundation's website. The awards ceremonies will take place in New York on May 4 and 7.

Also, if we miss a local writer or restaurant, let me know in the comments and I'll add it.


Category: Profile
Emily Kaiser Thelin (San Francisco magazine)

Wine, Spirits, and Beverages

Ellen Cushing (East Bay Express)


Paula Wolfert, The Food of Morocco (revised edition)

David Darlington, An Ideal Wine

Focus on Health
Heidi Swanson, Super Natural Every Day

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Category: Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Agricole

Outstanding Wine Program

Oustanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Professional
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery

Who's Who Inductees
Emily Lucchetti, Farallon and Waterbar

Best Chef, Pacific
Michael Chiarello, Bottega; Chris Cosentino, Incanto; Christopher Kostow, Inn at Meadowood; Daniel Patterson, Coi

Rising Star Chef
Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food; Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water

Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza

Best New Restaurant

Best Service
Cyrus, Michael Mina

Outstanding Restaurant

Outstanding Chef
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko

Congratulations to all!

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Location Info

A16 Restaurant

2355 Chestnut, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Bar Agricole

355 11th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Music


450 Post, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant


399 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

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