These days, the James Beard Awards are announced via Twitter, so starting at 11:30 this morning, SFoodie followed along, clicking “refresh” on our browser so often that we burned a white hole in our computer screen. Many, many Bay Area chefs, restaurateurs, and writers made the finals in both the media and the restaurant categories.
A few of the highlights: Benu as nominated for best new restaurant. Ubuntu's Aaron London and Flour + Water's Thomas McNaughton were nominated as rising star chefs. And four of the five finalists in the “Best Restaurant, Pacific” category were local.
The awards will be presented at two ceremonies in New York ― the media awards on May 6, the restaurant awards on May 9. Following is the list of local winners that we mined from the tweets. Feel free to check it against the full list of finalists in the press release. Congratulations to all!