James Beard 'Rising Star' nominees dominated by newcomers

James Beard 'Rising Star' nominees dominated by newcomers

Only four of last year's 25 Rising Star contenders have returned

There’s been a shakeup among the semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year award, one of 21 categories in the foundation’s prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards. The semifinalists in all categories were named on Wednesday, and the majority of them also were on the long list last year.

But among Rising Star nominees, only four of last year’s 25 candidates have

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