Seattle has lots of James Beard semifinalists in 2024
Why it matters: Besides being a big deal for the honorees, the semifinalist list announced Wednesday doubles as a handy guide for some of the city's can't-miss restaurants.
Details: For national awards, Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago in Hillman City was named a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef.
- Renee Erickson's seafood temple The Walrus and the Carpenter is up for Outstanding Restaurant.
- Yenvy and Quynh-Vy Pham, the siblings who own Phở Bắc Sup Shop, Phởcific Standard Time and The Boat, are once again semifinalists for Outstanding Restaurateur.
Also on the national level, Ben Campbell of Ben's Bread Co. is up for Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker; Janet Becerra of Pancita received a nod for Emerging Chef; and Eight Row in Green Lake is a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program.
- On the east side of the state, Bar Bacetto in Waitsburg in Walla Walla County is a semifinalist in the national Best New Restaurant category.
Zoom in: Another four Seattle chefs are up for the regional Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific award.
- They are: Kristi Brown of Communion; Grayson Corrales of MariPili Tapas Bar; Melissa Miranda of Musang; and Evan Leichtling of Off Alley.
- Of note: Derek Bray of Tacoma's The Table, Avery Adams of Matia Kitchen on Orcas Island and Dan Koommoo of Crafted in Yakima also were named semifinalists in this regional category.
Thought bubble: I went to high school in the Portland area, and if you had asked me 15 years ago, I would have told you Portland's food scene beats Seattle's.
- But Seattle has stepped it up since then, as this year's list of diverse culinary talent shows — so there's no reason Seattle shouldn't get some love this year.
What's next: Finalists will be named April 3, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago June 10.
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