Better luck next year, chefs.
This morning,the short list of finalists
for the 2014 James Beard Foundation awards was unveiled — and it did not include Kansas City’s three semifinalists.
Howard Hanna ofThe Rieger Hotel Grill Exchange and Ted Habiger of Room 39 were semifinalists in the Best Chef: Midwest category, and Nick Wesemann of The American Restaurant
was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category.
The James Beard awards are the highest national honor for food and beverage professionals. It’s not uncommon for a chef to be nominated several times before winning —Colby Garrelts won Best Chef: Midwest
last year after being nominated seven times. Other local James Beard award-winning chefs include Michael Smith, Debbie Gold and Celina Tio.
Winners of the 2014 James Beard awards will be revealed in May at an awards ceremony in New York.
Read our recent interviews with Wesemann, Habiger and Hanna:
For James Beard Award semifinalist Nick Wesemann, nomination is sweet
James Beard Award semifinalist Ted Habiger hopes third time is a charm
James Beard Award semifinalist Howard Hanna proud to be part of Kansas City’s restaurant scene
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