Area Restaurants and Chefs Named James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists

   Several Kansas City area restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of more than 24,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent. The categories include exceptional chefs, dining destinations in 10 different regions across the United States, the nation’s top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, rising star chefs, pastry chefs and bakers.

   The foundation will announce on March 15 the final nominees for all award categories during a press conference in Los Angeles. Winners will be announced on May 1 at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Founded in 1986, the foundation celebrates, nurtures and honors chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.

   Here is the list of area semifinalists:


   Outstanding Baker

   Taylor Petrehn, 1900 Barker, Lawrence, Kansas


   Outstanding Bar Program

   Manifesto, Kansas City, Missouri


   Outstanding Pastry Chef

   Megan Garrelts, Rye, Leawood, Kansas


   Outstanding Restaurant

   Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri


   Best Chef: Midwest

   Patrick Ryan, Port Fonda, Kansas City, Missouri


   For a complete list of semifinalists, click here