A list of semifinalists have been selected from more than 20,000 online entries in 21 categories and in ten different regions of the USA, representing a wide range of culinary talent from best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, bakers, chefs and rising star chefs (aged 30 or younger).
Hoover, owner and proprietor of the Patachou family of restaurants (Cafe Patachou, Petit Chou, Public Green, Bar One Fourteen, and Crispy Bird, as well as the Patachou Foundation) has twice been nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur, once in 2013 and again in 2016.
This list of semifinalists will be narrowed down to final nominees on March 14.
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For the fifth year, Donald Link is in the running for the group's Outstanding Chef award. Anderson has been known for her rustic Church Hill restaurant Metzger Bar & Butchery, but it's the much-acclaimed Brenner Pass in Scott's Addition that landed her on this year's list.
Vicia could be a big, big victor in this year's biggest food awards - the Central West End restaurant is a semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation's best new restaurant category.
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-- Highlands Bar and Grill's Frank Stitt, for best chef in the Southeast in 2001. Must have been a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Bacchanal, the wine shop that morphed into a wine bar, wine garden and unique oenophile oasis in the Bywater, is nominated alongside more traditional restaurants around the country.
Finally, on May 7, the winners of the awards will be announced during a ceremony in Chicago.
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