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The James Beard Foundation has just announced the list of semifinalists in the running for its 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards. And — as a matter of pride but hardly any surprise for Bravo's Top Chef — the diverse list includes 15 names associated with the competition.
The names include an array of chefs who competed on the show — all of whom appeared on Season 9 or later with just one exception. Top Chef, now in its 16th season, takes the competition to Kentucky.
After the committee and judges vote, the list will shrink to five finalist nominees in each category, slated to be announced on March 27 at a press conference in Houston. The James Beard Awards Gala is set for May 6 in Chicago.
Check out the Top Chef talents who made the James Beard Foundation 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist list:
Best New Restaurant
Bywater American Bistro – Nina Compton
Lineage – Sheldon Simeon
Rising Star Chef
Best Chef Great Lakes
Best Chef Mid-Atlantic
Best Chef Northeast
Tiffani Faison (Season 1)
Best Chef Northwest
Best Chef South
Best Chef West
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