Gearing up for the 2017 James Beard Awards

February 21, 2017

It can be hard to write about the list of semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.

That’s partly because there are hundreds of them — 434 this year — and partly because there’s either a whole lot to say or very little.

There are national categories covering the whole country, like Rising Star Chef of the Year and Outstanding Service, as well as regional awards for the best chefs in each of 10 different regions.

The semifinalists were selected by a committee that whittled down tens of thousands of nominations submitted online, as well as by