San Francisco Hot and Heavy Among the James Beard Award Finalists

San Francisco, and, indeed, the entire Bay Area includes 15 local chefs, restaurants, wine specialists and industry movers-and-shakers on the very short finalists list for the James Beard Award. The finalists were whittled down from 20,000 entries across 21 categories nationally. SF and the Bay Area produced 29 semifinalists, and those rarified few went on to rise to finalists. So, a nice percentage for our city are in the running for the prized award.

The finalists were selected by a panel of 600 volunteer judges who include food and wine editors, food critics, past JB Award winners and culinary teachers.

Among the finalist firmament:

In Situ in San Francisco for outstanding restaurant design award

Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn for best chef West

Bar Agricole on SF’s 11th Street for outstanding bar program

Quince in SF for outstanding restaurant

Saison’s for outstanding service

Click here to see the slide show of 7 of the finalists.