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The 2012 James Beard Foundation semifinalists announced | Food …

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james_beardThe James Beard Foundation has announced the 2012 Restaurant and Chef semifinalists.

Selected from 57,000 online entries, the group of semifinalists has been placed in 20 Restaurant and Chef categories representing ten different regions across the U.S.

Additionally for this year, the Foundation has added ?Outstanding Bar Program? as a new award category for a restaurant or bar that has demonstrated excellence in its beverage program.

In mid-March, each award category will be narrowed down to five finalists, and then winners will be anounced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, May 7, at Lincoln Center?s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Representing metro Atlanta:

Outstanding Bar Program

Holeman and Finch Public House

The Porter Beer Bar

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene

Cynthia Wong, Empire State South

Outstanding Restaurateur

Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria Del Sol

Outstanding Wine Program

Five and Ten, Athens, GA

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Kevin Gillespie, Woodfire Grill

Best Chef: Southeast

Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten

Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene

Congratulations to all of our local semifinalists who made this list! To take a peek at the full list of semifinalists, click here.

by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

Source: http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2012/02/22/the-2012-james-beard-foundation-semifinalists-announced/?cxntfid=blogs_food_and_more

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