UPDATE: Oops, left out Stephen Starr, also nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur. He counts for this list since he has Steak 954 just about the county line, as well as the forthcoming Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops.
Hot off the press, here are the representatives from the 305 (or thereabouts):
Rising Star Chef of the Year Semifinalists: Sam Gorenstein, BLT Steak.
Best Chef: South Region: Zach Bell, Cafe Boulud (Palm Beach); Dean James Max, 3030 Ocean (Ft. Lauderdale); Phillipe Ruiz, Palm d’Or at the Biltmore.
Best New Restaurant: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.
Outstanding Restaurateur: Myles Chefetz, Stephen Starr.
Outstanding Wine Service: The Biltmore.