2012 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semi-Finalists

Chef Aaron London of Ubuntu (l.) is a James Beard Award semi-finalist. He is pictured here with Mourad Lahlou of Aziza, which has been recognized for its pastry program..

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Use the links below to reserve at the nominated restaurants to select your own set of nominees. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Boulevard, San Francisco, California
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Charleston, Baltimore, Maryland
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, California
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Patina, Los Angeles, California
Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TRU, Chicago, Illinois
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best New Restaurant
1833, Monterey, California
Altura, Seattle, Washington
The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
bistronomic, Chicago, Illinois
The Dorrance, Providence, Rhode Island
The Farm and Fisherman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fiola, Washington, D.C.
Harvest, Louisville, Kentucky
The Macintosh, Charleston, South Carolina
Manhattan Beach Post, Manhattan Beach, California
Park Tavern, San Francisco, California
Picca, Los Angeles, California
Salt, St. Louis, Missouri
ShinBay, Scottsdale, Arizona
Tashan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach, Florida

Best Chefs: Great Lakes
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