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March 25, 2008 10:00 PM

2008 James Beard Award finalists: the locals list

Posted by Nancy Leson

The short list is in. The James Beard Foundation announced finalists for the 2008 James Beard Awards, to be held in NYC the weekend of June 6-8. And the local nominees are. . .

Outstanding Restaurateur: Tom Douglas (who's standing in good company with restaurant-empire builders Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali, Rich Melman, Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten)

Outstanding Service: Canlis (standing tall with the service teams from NYC's La Grenouille, Chicago's Spiaggia, St. Helena's Terra and Philadelphia's Vetri)

Best Chef Northwest: Maria Hines (Tilth), Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita), Ethan Stowell (Union, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf), Jason Wilson (Crush) and Portland's Scott Dolich (Park Kitchen)

Honored this year as one of Beard's "America's Classics": Seattle's century-old Maneki

And on the literary front, among the James Beard journalism awards to be presented in June, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Seattle's Sara Dickerman (nominated for Multimedia Writing on Food, for a piece she wrote for Slate).

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Posted by matt wright

1:31 PM, Mar 26, 2008

I have no idea how you would pick between that great lineup from Best Chef Northwest.

Posted by Katie S

1:35 PM, Mar 26, 2008

What about Besalu's James MIller for pastry chef? I thought he was in there somewhere?

Posted by Nancy Leson

6:34 PM, Mar 26, 2008

You're right, Katie. Cafe Besalu's James Miller was a semi-finalist, but when the votes were culled down after the finalists' ballot was cast, no Northwest baker made the cut. You can view the full list of nominees as well as the semi-finalists on the James Beard Foundation's website: www.jamesbeard.org

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