NYC's James Beard Award Semifinalists!

NYC's James Beard Award Semifinalists!

The name James Beard is synonymous with foodie (though it may sound to some as a Williamsburg version of 'John Doe'—facial hair is *so* in these days). Having practically invented the television food show as we know it back in 1946, penned scores of American cookbooks and established his own cooking school in 1955, he earned the golden association. Today, his name is fixed to one of the most prestigious food award medals, and is used to acknowledge merit in the field. It's coveted by culinary professionals everywhere, and honors many aspects of the industry, from baking to mixology. The awards span nationally, but—as always (satisfied grin)—NYC makes an appearance in every single category. We are the nation's food capital, after all (cue: protestations from food writers in every other city). Here are the NYC hot shots that made the recently released semifinalist lists (the full list over at the James Beard Foundation), broken down into category. Get hungry and check them out. They're all winners in our eyes: 

Best New Restaurant: Bâtard, Cosme, Semilla

Outstanding Baker: Zachary Golper of Brooklyn's Bien Cuit; Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery; Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Brooklyn's Baked

Outstanding Bar Program: The Dead Rabbit, Brookyln's Maison Premiere; Brooklyn's Tørst

Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern; Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde; Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ghaya Oliveira of Daniel; Christina Tosi of Momofuku; Jennifer Yee of Lafayette

Outstanding Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Bar; Per Se

Outstanding Restaurateur: Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, Brooklyn, NY (Frankie's 457, Prime Meats, Cafe Pedlar, and others); Andrew Tarlow, Brooklyn, NY (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Reynard, and others)

Outstanding Service: Marea

Outstanding Wine Program: Momofuku Ko

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Aldo Sohm of Zalto Glass

Rising Star of The Year: Joseph "JJ" Johnson of The Cecil

And, because NYC has such an abundant culinary culture (don't hate us because we're fabulous), it's counted as a region in itself when it comes to the coveted Best Chef catagory. Check out the lineup of this king-making title: 

Nick Anderer, Marta
Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante
Marco Canora, Hearth
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, Carbone
Paul Carmichael, Má Pêche
John Fraser, Narcissa
Markus Glocker, Bâtard
Anna Klinger, Al di Là Trattoria
Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Anita Lo, Annisa
Ignacio Mattos, Estela
Carlo Mirarchi, Blanca
Seamus Mullen, Tertulia
Joe Ng, RedFarm
Alex Raij and Eder Montero, Txikito
César Ramirez, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Masato Shimizu, 15 East
Alex Stupak, Empellón Cocina
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
Jody Williams, Buvette