Co-owner of Lawrence's 1900 Barker named James Beard semifinalist

A handful of Dallas restaurants and chefs have made the list of semifinalists for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Frasca has, however, won for best wine program. Miller was up for an award in the overall "Outstanding Chef" category a year ago, but didn't make it into the final five.

Ippuku, the bustling, 7-year-old izakaya on Center Street, has been recognized by the Michelin guide and local critics alike, but had yet to get the attention of the Beard awards. Cynthia Wong of Butcher & Bee, who was previously nominated for her work in Atlanta, is a semi-finalist for the Best Pastry Chef award.

Nopa and Quince are in the Outstanding Restaurant list, while Gabriela Cámara of Cala is a semifinalist for Best Restaurateur and Saison is on the Outstanding Service list. Highlands has gone on to be a finalist for the top restaurant award in each of the past eight years but has yet to win. The awards are considered the Oscars of the culinary world. The award includes professionals in the industry for at least 10 years, who have not received a chef award nomination from the foundation for five years and are known for setting "high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship". 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.

The awards will be announced on April 25 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

Katoi, the northern Thai-inspired restaurant in Corktown, was nominated in the best new restaurant category, which honors establishments that opened within the past year.

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

  • Archie Newman