James Beard Award semi-finalists announced, Durham well represented

The South’s “tastiest town” has a solid showing this year, with four James Beard nominees in the running:

  1. Giorgios Bakatsias is up for “Outstanding Restauranteur.” Bakatsias may be best known for a restaurant that no longer exists (former Ninth St. landmark George’s Garage), but he’s built an empire of well regarded eateries including Durham’s Parizade, the Nasher cafe, Vin Rouge, and Local 22. He also owns several restaurants elsewhere in NC, and has hinted that something new is in the works.
  2. Phoebe Lawless of Scratch is competing for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
  3. Scott Howell of Nana‘s is up for Best Chef in the Southeast.
  4. Matt Kelly of Vin Rouge (a Bakatsias restaurant as mentioned above) and Mateo [ed: my personal favorite place to eat in Durham right now] is also up for Best Chef in the Southeast.

Winners will be announced March 19 – good luck folks!

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