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Lots of L.A. names in James Beard first-round nominations

February 19, 2013|By Russ Parsons
  • Chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night   Market.
Chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night Market. (Courtesy of Kris Yenbamroong )

First-round nominations for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards have just been announced, and for Southern California, it’s a mix of trusted old favorites as well as some shiny new stars.

In the first category, you have the likes of Lucques’ Suzanne Goin and Mozza’s Nancy Silverton nominated for best chef; Sycamore Kitchen’s Karen Hatfield for best pastry chef; Providence for outstanding service as well as standbys Melisse and Patinafor outstanding restaurant and Valentino’s Piero Selvaggio and Lucques’ Caroline Styne for outstanding restaurateurs.

New faces include BierBeisl’s Bernhard Mairinger, and Night + Market’s Kris Yenbamroong for rising star chef and BierBeisl and Tar & Roses for best new restaurant.

Other Southern California nominees include Riveraand the Varnish for outstanding bar program and Sine Qua Non winery’s Manfred Krankl for outstanding wine spirits or beer professional.

There are a bevy of local nominations for best chef in the West, including Bäco Mercat’s Josef Centeno, Providence’s Michael Cimarusti, Tar & Roses' Andrew Kirschner, M.B. Post’s David LeFevre, Del Mar’s Market Restaurant and Bar’s Carl Schroeder, Rivera’s John Rivera Sedlar, Animal’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and Mo-Chica’s Ricardo Zarate.

Final nominations will be announced March 18 and the awards will be presented May 6 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Here is a complete list of the nominees for the national awards:

BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Balena, Chicago; BierBeisl, Beverly Hills; Bluebeard, Indianapolis; Borgne, New Orleans; Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis; Cardamom Hill, Atlanta; Empellón Cocina, New York City; Forequarter, Madison, Wisc.; Grace, Chicago; Hog & Hominy, Memphis; Khong River House, Miami Beach, Fla.; Lockeland Table, Nashville; Mateo Tapas, Durham, N.C.; Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico; Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.; the Ordinary, Charleston, S.C.; Ox, Portland, Ore.; Oxheart, Houston; Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore; Puritan & Co., Cambridge, Mass.; Rich Table, San Francisco; Shanik, Seattle; State Bird Provisions, San Francisco; Tar & Roses, Santa Monica; Thirty Acres, Jersey City, N.J.; Underbelly, Houston; Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia; the Whale Wins, Seattle; Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque.

OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM: The Abbot’s Cellar, San Francisco; Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston; the Aviary, Chicago; Bar Agricole, San Francisco; the Bar at the NoMad Hotel, New York City; the Broken Shaker, Miami Beach, Fla.; Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, Milwaukee; Canon, Seattle; the Cedars Social, Dallas; Clyde Common, Portland, Ore.; Cook & Brown Public House, Providence; Cure, New Orleans; the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Philadelphia; the Hawthorne, Boston; High West Distillery & Saloon, Park City, Utah; Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta; Marvel Bar, Minneapolis; Pegu Club, New York City; the Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta; Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Va.; Rivera, Los Angeles; the Varnish, Los Angeles; the Violet Hour, Chicago; Williams & Graham, Denver; Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore.

OUTSTANDING CHEF: Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, S.C.; Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde, New York City; David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York City; Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin and Houston; Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco; Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood; Maria Hines, Tilth, Seattle; Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago; David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.; Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans; Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park, Boston; Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis; Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Place, Portland, Ore.; Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Dallas; Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta; Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas; Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles; Michael Symon, Lola, Cleveland; Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco; Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia.  

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