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James Beard Awards Semi-Finalist Nominees Include Florida Chefs and Restaurants

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Chef Zach Bell

Congrats to those restaurants and chefs who’ve been nominated for the prestigious 2011 James Beard Awards. This is the semi-final round; good luck to our local chefs.

Chef Dean Max at 3800 Ocean

They include Palm Beach’s own Chef Zach Bell of Cafe Boulud, nominated again for the Best Chef – South region, (his reaction: “Word!!) and Dean Max, of the newly opened 3800 Ocean, at Marriott’s Singer Island Resort.

Bell says, “The biggest honor is being consistently nominated.” This is his fourth annual nomination.

“I am very honored to be recognized by my peers…the Beard Foundation is a very important organization in our business. They promote the basics of true Epicureanism,” Max said.

Here are the others from Florida on the list.

Best New Restaurant:

The Refinery, Tampa

Elise Coastal Dining, Pensacola

Sugarcane Raw Bar, Miami

Rising Star Chef:

Sam Gorenstein, BLT Steak in the Betsy, Miami Beach

Best Chef – South:

Zach Bell, Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach

Dean Max, 3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale, and 3800 Ocean, Singer Island

Scott Hunnel, Victoria and Albert’s, Disney World, Lake Buena Vista

James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park

Hari Pulapka, Cress, DeLand

Philippe Ruiz, La Palme d’Or at the Biltmore, Coral Gables

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Myles Chefetz, of Myles Restaurant Group, Miami Beach (Big Pink, Nemo, Shoji Sushi, etc.)

Rest of the list

Read the rest of the list here.

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