Dallas restaurants and chefs kill it on nominations for James Beard Awards

Darin HammondFeb 16, 2017

Redzikowksi and Seidel were also nominated in this category a year ago, along with Work & Class chef/partner Dana Rodriguez. Though this is the first time the farm-to-table restaurant has been nominated for its excellence in hospitality, it's certainly no stranger to being in the spotlight. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia.

New Orleans chefs and restaurants were heavily represented on the James Beard Foundation's newly released list of 2017 awards semifinalists.

Brock's fellow former Best Chef Southeast victor Mike Lata (FIG) is long-listed for the Outstanding Chef award.

Chefs, including Jennifer Jasinski (a previous James Beard Award winner) and Eric Skokan (far right), prep for aJames Beard dinner last fall.

Ippuku, the bustling, 7-year-old izakaya on Center Street, has been recognized by the Michelin guide and local critics alike, but had yet to get the attention of the Beard awards. Former Madison chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent in Milwaukee, was nominated in the same category, as was Luke Zahm of Driftless Café in Viroqua.

The Beard awards recognize food and beverage stars in 21 categories, such as best restaurants, chefs, bars, rising star chefs, pastry chefs, and bakers. Semifinalists in the Outstanding Wine Program include Emeril's and Bywater wine hub Bacchanal. "It's so different from the chef awards because it's so much of everything that everyone does there to make that restaurant what it is".

Based on the results and eligibility requirements for each award, the committee then produces a nominating ballot that lists the semifinalists in each of the 21 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, some of which include Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Restaurant, Best Chef in ten different USA regions, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Bar Program, and Best New Restaurant.

Final nominees in all categories will be announced March 15.

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