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Last month the James Beard Foundation announced the 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists. As always, Washington state has a good representation of outstanding chefs and restaurants. Here is a list of the Washington state Semifinalists. The finalists will be announced on March 24th, 2015, at the James Beard House in New York City.
Evan Andres, Columbia City Bakery - Columbia City, Seattle
Outstanding Bar Program
Canon - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita - Kirkland, WA
Canlis - Queen Anne, Seattle
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Staple and Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Chippy's, MKT., Red Cow, Rione XIII, Tavolata, Ballard Pizza Company) - Seattle
Outstanding Wine Program
Wild Ginger - Downtown Seattle and Bellevue, WA
Rising Star of the Year
Jay Blackinton, Hogstone Wood Oven - Orcas Island, WA
Best Chef: Northwest
Eric Donnelly, RockCreek - Fremont, Seattle
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins - Wallingford, Seattle
Jeremy Hansen, Sante - Spokane, WA
Nathan Lockwood, Altura - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Garrett Melkonian, Mamnoon - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table - Fremont, Seattle
Jason Stratton, Spinasse - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island - Lummi Island, WA
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule - Wallingford, Seattle
A full list of all the national Semifinalists can be found at the James Beard Foundation website.
Congratulations to all the Semifinalists and good luck!