Chicago Comes Up Big Among James Beard Award Semifinalists

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    Chicago restaurants and chefs were well-represented on the list of 2014 James Beard Awards semifinalists.

    Chicagoans picked up nods in major categories such as Best New Restaurant (Brindille, Nico Osteria); Outstanding Chef (Carrie Nahabedian, Naha) and Outstanding Restaurant (Spiaggia).

    But Chicago showed its might in the Best Chefs: Great Lakes category, with half of the nods going to Chicago chefs.

    Check out which Chicago restaurants and chefs made the semifinals below, and click here for the full list.

    The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations will be announced in Chicago on March 19, and the awards will be held in May in New York.

    Best New Restaurant
    Brindille, Chicago Nico Osteria, Chicago

    Outstanding Bar Program
    The Violet Hour, Chicago

    Outstanding Chef
    Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Chicago

    Outstanding Pastry Chef
    Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

    Outstanding Restaurant
    Spiaggia, Chicago

    Outstanding Restaurateur
    Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

    Outstanding Service
    L2O, Chicago
    Topolobampo, Chicago

    Outstanding Wine Program
    Sepia, Chicago

    Rising Star Chef of the Year
    Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig, Chicago
    Matthew Kirkley, L2O, Chicago
    David Posey, Blackbird, Chicago

    Best Chef: Great Lakes
    Dave Beran, Next, Chicago
    Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, Fat Rice, Chicago
    Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago
    Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago
    Phillip Foss, EL Ideas, Chicago
    Ryan McCaskey, Acadia, Chicago
    Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago
    Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago
    Iliana Regan, Elizabeth, Chicago