Triangle James Beard Award semi-finalists

The James Beard Awards semi-finalists were announced today, and there are a number of Triangle chefs and restaurants on the list. The awards recognize excellent chefs and restaurants around the country, and have been called the Oscars of the food world.

Magnolia Grill in Durham, N.C. and Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, N.C. are semi-finalists for Outstanding Restaurant. Magnolia Grill is also a semi-finalist for Outstanding Service

Four Triangle chefs are semi-finalists for Best Chef-Southeast: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, N.C., Scott Howell of Nana’s in Durham, Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill and Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner.

Beyond the Triangle, Good Food on Montford in Charlotte, N.C. is a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant. Eric Solomon of European Cellars/Eric Solomon Selections in Charlotte has been nominated for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional. Asheville, N.C. chef Jacob Sessoms of Table is also a semi-finalists for Best Chef-Southeast.

As best I can remember, this may be the most North Carolina semi-finalists ever in the awards. It shows how the state’s restaurant scene has advanced and drawn national attention.

The final nominees will be announced on March 22, and the awards will be presented in New York on May 3. For more information about the James Beard Foundation and the awards, go here.


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2 Responses to “Triangle James Beard Award semi-finalists”


  • Comment from Mary

    There are so many amazing restaurants here! I think Chip Smith from Bonne Soiree deserves to be on this list.

  • Comment from Debbie Moose

    That’s certainly, one Mary! I’m glad the area is getting some national recognition.


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