Under the theory that being first is more important than being thorough (and to atone for my prior attempt to beat everyone to the punch), the semifinalists for the James Beard Awards have been announced.
Representing the 305:
Outstanding Restauranteur nominee: Myles Chefetz
Rising Star Chef of the Year nominee: Sam Gorenstein (BLT Steak)
Best New Restaurant nominees: Eos @ Viceroy, Solea @ The W Hotel
Outstanding Pastry Chef nominee: Hedy Goldsmith (MGFD)
Best Chef: South Region nominee: Phillipe Ruiz (Palme D’Or), Michael Schwartz (MGFD), Kris Wessel (Red Light)
Dean James Max also nominated for Best Chef: South Region (but he’s a Ft. Lauderdale guy).