Detroit chefs, restaurants in running for prestigious Beard Awards

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The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards released its semifinalists for outstanding restaurant and best chef on Wednesday morning, and two Collingswood restaurants have been tapped.

Kevin Binkley, who has been nominated for Best Chef for his work at Binkley's restaurant in Cave Creek for the past several years, did not make the list this year.

Paul and Joe Bartolotta of Bartolotta Restaurants are nominated in the category of outstanding restaurateur.

The 2017 James Beard nominations-for excellence in the restaurant and bar industry-were announced today and Baltimore nabbed three of the honors.

"It's always an honor to be recognized by the James Beard Foundation", said Charleston's co-owner Tony Foreman. Miles went on to be a finalist for the award a year ago, but did not win.

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Vivian Howard, owner of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, is among 20 chefs vying for Best Chef Southeast.

Gabe Barker of Pizzeria Mercato in Carrboro is in the Rising Star Chef of the Year category. The James Beard media award winners will be announced at a ceremony April 25 in New York City, and the restaurant and chef award ceremony will be held May 1 in Chicago.

The organization, which received more than 24,000 online entries in 21 categories, also names outstanding restaurants, restaurateurs and bar, wine and service programs in addition to star chefs in 10 regions of the country. The governing Awards Committee, board of trustees, and staff of the James Beard Foundation do not vote, and the results are kept confidential until the presentation of winners in May. Semifinalists in the Outstanding Wine Program include Emeril's and Bywater wine hub Bacchanal.

Finalists for this year's James Beard Awards will be announced March 15th, while winners will be made public on May 1 in NY.

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