Triangle Racks Up Beard Nominations

magnoliaA hearty congratulations goes out to all of the area chefs named today to the 2014 Semifinalists list by the James Beard Foundation. Out of the 433 national nominees, 9 are in the Triangle area, joined by 3 others from the rest of North Carolina for a total of 12 in this state. No restaurants from Charlotte, the Triad, or Wilmington were nominated. Only 6 nominees went to each Virginia and South Carolina, while 11 went to Georgia. Austin, Texas? They got just 3.

The North Carolina-based nominees for 2014 are:

National Categories

  • Outstanding Pastry Chef (20 nominations awarded): Phoebe Lawless, Scratch, Durham
  • Outstanding Restaurant (20 nominations awarded): The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro
  • Outstanding Restaurateur:  Giorgios Bakatsias, Giorgios Hospitality Group, Durham (Kipos, Parizäde, Village Burgers, and others)
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville

Regional Categories

Best Chef: Southeast

  • Colin Bedford, The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro
  • Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh
  • Scott Crawford, Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary
  • Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston
  • Scott Howell, Nana’s, Durham
  • Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani, Asheville
  • Matt Kelly, Mateo, Durham
  • Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto, Hillsborough

Honorable Mention

  • Outstanding Restaurateur:  Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta 
    (Taqueria del Sol has a location in Crossroads Plaza)

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City on May 2 and 5.

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