Skip Nav
Original Recipes
Grab a Forkful of Happiness by Making This Garlicky Spaghetti Immediately
22 Cozy Slow-Cooker Casseroles That Make Life Easy
Cooking Basics
14 Grocery Staples I Always Have as a 20-Something on a Budget

2009 James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced

We're officially in the throes of awards show season — and that isn't limited to the entertainment industry. This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2009 awards. On March 23, the short list of complete nominees will be unveiled, and the honorable achievements — often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world" — will be presented at an awards gala on May 4 at Manhattan's Lincoln Center.

Semifinalist names were announced for the following categories: outstanding restaurateur, outstanding chef, outstanding restaurant, best new restaurant, rising star chef of the year, outstanding pastry chef, outstanding wine service, outstanding wine and spirits professional, outstanding service, and best chef for the following regions: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New York City, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and South. This list doesn't include a good portion of the other James Beard Foundation's awards, including its cookbooks, newspaper articles, restaurant design, and blog awards, which are yet to be unveiled.

Although there are a number of celebrity chefs (Tom Colicchio, Dan Barber, José Andrés) as well as blockbuster restaurants on the list — Momofuku Ko, Scarpetta, and L20 — I also spotted a bunch of new names. Scan the 19-page list and tell me if any of your favorites have been included. Were any notable ones left off?


Join The Conversation
Shellper Shellper 8 years
First: For real sandy82? I think Babbo's tasting menus are ridiculous, I applaud their Beard nomination. Second: my boss is nominated for the 3rd year in a row for best mid-Atlantic chef! And this year he is a nomination in more than one category, so proud. Third: I must get to Momofuku this year!
sarahm73 sarahm73 8 years
Yay for Hungry Mother's in Cambridge MA - nominated for Best New Restaurant! Awesome!
kannoodle kannoodle 8 years
Well I am surprise that Forest Grill from MI did not get nominated for best new restaurant it just got restaurant of the year in Detroit's hour magazine and they just open last August. I went there, it was amazing I think it is something new they are doing there something that no one ever saw or tasted before.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
Babbo's good but I don't think it's the best.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm kind of happy that tom's back on the list seeing as how he lost his michelin stars this past year, so anything good that goes his way is nice. i can't say that i'm in AWE of his abilities but he's one of those guys that you just recognize.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I would have put chef Chris DeBarr of New Orleans on the list. His food is AMAZING.
rayjake rayjake 8 years
I've eaten at Minibar-it's so fun and DELICIOUS!
Food Food 8 years
Without getting too un-PC, I have to say that quite a few of the nominations surprised me!
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 8 years
I was surprised that Boulevard was on the list... it's rather inconsistent. I had a delicious asiago ravioli with shaved white truffles but then an incredibly over salted filet mignon... I'm on the fence with them.
Jogger Called "Mad Pooper" Pooping in Public
Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi Hand in Hand Performance Video
Lottery Horror Stories
Uber Banned From London September 2017
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds