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Behold, Seattle's 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Seattle is well represented.

James Beard Foundation

Well, well, well. The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semifinalists for this year's awards, and local names are representing in every category. Nice work this year, Seattle.

On March 15, the foundation will release its list of final nominees, and the winners will be announced May 2. Here's the full list of local nominees:

Best New Restaurant
Girin Steakhouse & Ssam Bar, Seattle

2016 Outstanding Baker
Evan Andres, Columbia City Bakery, Seattle

Outstanding Bar Program
Canon, Seattle

Outstanding Chef
Matt Dillon, Bar Sajor, Seattle
Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy, Seattle

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Junko Mine, Café Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Outstanding Restaurant
Lark, Seattle

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle (Staple & Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, and others)

Outstanding Service
Café Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Outstanding Wine Program
Canlis, Seattle
Wild Ginger, Seattle

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Wayne Carpenter, Skagit Valley Malting, Burlington, WA

Rising Star of the Year
Jay Blackinton, Hogstone Wood Oven, Orcas Island, WA
Maximillian Petty, Eden Hill, Seattle

Best Chef: Northwest
Eric Donnelly, RockCreek, Seattle
Mike Easton, Il Corvo Pasta, Seattle
Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle
Adam Hegsted, The Wandering Table, Spokane, WA
Edouardo Jordan, Salare, Seattle
Nathan Lockwood, Altura, Seattle
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table, Seattle
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Catch the full list here.

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