No local chefs included in James Beard Foundation Awards

Butcher & Bee pastry chef Cynthia Wong makes another appearance as a JBF semifinalist this year- JONATHAN BONCEK

Central Florida chefs have been represented in the James Beard Foundation awards in the past.

Saffron NOLA, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant developed by the Vilkhu family.

A list of semifinalists have been selected from more than 20,000 online entries in 21 categories and in ten different regions of the United States, representing a wide range of culinary talent from best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, bakers, chefs and rising star chefs (aged 30 or younger). Anderson has been known for her rustic Church Hill restaurant Metzger Bar & Butchery, but it's the much-acclaimed Brenner Pass in Scott's Addition that landed her on this year's list.

For the fourth year in a row, Jonny Hunter, of Forequarter, was nominated for Best Chef: Midwest.

The Southern National, a new restaurant from chef Duane Nutter that opened in Mobile last fall, is a semifinalist for the country's best new restaurant. Chef Frank Brigtsen won the group's regional best chef award in 1998.

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FIG, Charleston, nominated for Outstanding Wine Program. And the one it seemed the entire city was pulling for: Misti Norris, semifinalist in the Rising Star of the Year category.

Sibling duo Evrim and Evin Dogu, co-owners of Sub Rosa Bakery, are both named as semifinalists for Outstanding Baker. According to the Foundation, awards are given in more than 50 categories, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Bar and Wine Program.

Every year, the foundation honors locally owned restaurants with its America's Classics awards.

The victor for each category will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 7.

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