The James Beard Foundation released its long list of semifinalists for its prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards Thursday. The chefs, restaurateurs, restaurants and beverage professionals were selected from more than 20,000 online entries as well as from national and regional panels comprised of food and beverage writers and editors and past Beard Award winners. Heads of those committees whittle down the list of entries, this year to 435 finalists in 21 categories.
A deep dive into the Beard Foundation semifinalists
Many familiar names populate the long list