Coloradans Nominated for James Beard Awards

Semi-finalists announced for the Oscars of the restaurant industry

BeardAwardMedalThe list of semi-finalists for the prestigious 2013 James Beard Awards honoring chefs, restaurants, beverage programs and restaurateurs is out. Several Coloradans in contention at this point are — some are repeats, having gotten this far in previous years. All are in Denver with the exception of Frasca, which is in Boulder. With three nominees for Best Chef, Southwest — a category with 20 names — Colorado’s odds are pretty good.

Rising Star Chef of the Year. Jorel Pierce, Euclid Hall.
Outstanding Wine Program. Frasca Food & Wine.
Outstanding Bar Program. Williams & Graham.
Best Chef Southwest. Jennifer Jazinski, Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall.
Best Chef Southwest. Max Mackissock, Squeaky Bean.
Best Chef Southwest. Alex Seidel, Fruition.
Outstanding Restaurateur. Frank Bonanno, Bonanno Concepts (Mizuna, Luca D’Italia, Osteria Marco, Bones and others)

As I’ve noted every year, being among the semi-finalists is in itself an honor.