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Live from Orlando: The 2014 JBF Award Semifinalists

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

February 17, 2014


The 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

James Beard Award season is upon us, and with it a highly anticipated milestone: the big reveal of our Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. And, for the very first time, we’re taking this announcement on the road.

On February 19 (that’s this Wednesday!), we’re heading down to Orlando for our first-ever live semifinalist announcement. When planning this inaugural event, we wanted to spotlight a city with an on-the-rise culinary profile, and Orlando fits that bill beautifully. We would like to thank Visit Orlando for hosting our ceremony in this exciting Central Florida food hub.

The semifinalist event, taking place at Orlando’s East End Market and starting at approximately 10:00 A.M., will announce the semifinalists in all of our Restaurant and Chef Award categories. These include all ten regional awards, as well as national awards like Outstanding Restaurant and Rising Star Chef of the Year. Got an Internet connection? We invite you to watch the announcement live on our Livestream channel. (Note: unlike our annual nominee announcement in March, the semifinalist announcement will not be tweeted in real time.)

Where do the semifinalists come from? The process began in October with an open call online; anyone could submit up to two entries per category. After receiving close to 40,000 submissions, our Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee, composed of critics, writers, and editors, went to work and created the list of semifinalists, culled from the open call, for each award. After the semifinalist announcement, this list will move on to a voting body of former Beard Award winners; Restaurant and Chef Award Committee members; and other regional panelists. After these judges cast their votes, the five semifinalists with the highest number of votes in each category become the nominees. Those names, along with the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards, will be announced in Chicago on March 18.

After the Orlando event concludes on Wednesday, we’ll post the full list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists right here on our blog. We hope you tune in!

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