The James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 nominees this morning at the Officers Club in the Presidio. No Bay Area restaurant was nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category, but otherwise the home team did quite well.
[jump] Best Chef: West
Matthew Accarino, SPQR
Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn
Corey Lee, Benu
Best New Restaurant
Liholiho Yacht Club
Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie
William Werner, Craftsman & Wolves
Outstanding Bar Program
Michael Mina (Michael Mina, RN74, Ramen Bar, Pabu, etc)
Cindy Pawlcyn, (Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen)
Michael Tusk, Quince
Also, friend of the blog and former SFoodie editor John Birdsall was nominated in the Food and Culture category for “Straight-Up Passing” in Jarry magazine.
Here's the full list. Winners will be announced on May 2. Congratulations to all!