Awards Watch: 2011 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists

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It’s that time of year again—our countdown to May and the annual James Beard Foundation Awards has begun. We're kicking things off with the semifinalists for our Restaurant and Chef Awards. Judges from across the country will take a look at the list below and vote to narrow it down to a final list of nominees. We’ll be live tweeting the nominee announcement on March 21, but in the meantime check to see if your favorite chefs and restaurants have made the longlist.

2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

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Test Your Eat-Q: JBF Outstanding Chefs and Their Signature Dishes

Eat-QsBacon on a swing; baked Andante Dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces

Outstanding Chef Award winners from the past 20 years presented at this spring's James Beard Awards. Can you match each chef with their signature dish? Test your knowledge with this matching game from the April/May 2010 issue of JBF Notes, our member newsletter. Once you think you've got them solved, click through for the answers and your Eat-Q score. 1) Grant Achatz 2) Dan Barber 3) Lidia Bastianich 4) Mario Batali 5) Rick Bayless 6) David Bouley 7) Daniel Boulud 8) Larry Forgione 9) Thomas Keller 10) Patrick O’Connell 11) Jean Louis Palladin 12) Alfred Portale 13) Wolfgang Puck 14) Michel Richard 15) Eric

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Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has devastated the Gulf Coast's fishing industry and sea life, and will continue to affect the region and the livelihoods of its residents for many years. The James Beard Foundation has always cherished the area's rich culinary traditions, which are also threatened by this disaster. To show our support, we're spreading the word about Dine Out for the Gulf Coast, which is taking place June 10–12 at restaurants across the country. For three straight days, participating eateries will donate a portion of their sales to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, an organization that gives grants to nonprofits helping victims of the spill. (You can learn more from

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