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Seattle's James Beard Award 2013 Semifinalists

The James Beard Award Foundation has announced its long list of semifinalists in the 2013 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Note, these are semifinalists; the finalists will be announced March 18. Currently in the running from our fine state of Washington:

Best New Restaurant
The Whale Wins

Outstanding Bar Program

Outstanding Chef
Maria Hines, Tilth/Golden Beetle/ Agrodolce

Outstanding Pastry Chef
William Leaman, Bakery Nouveau

Outstanding Restaurant

Outstanding Service
Cafe Juanita

Outstanding Restaurateur
John Howie, John Howie Steak/Seastar

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Mark Bodinet, Copperleaf
Chris Weber, The Herbfarm
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn

Best Chef Northwest
Chris Ainsworth, Saffron
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins/The Walrus & the Carpenter
Jason Franey, Canlis
Nathan Lockwood, Altura
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Jason Stratton, Spinasse
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule/Revel

JBF Announces 2013 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists [~EN~]