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James Beard 2011 Semifinalists announced

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  1. Nice to see Kevin Gillespie on the Rising Chef list...he should have been on Top Chef All Stars!

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    1. re: Bunson

      I was pleased to see that and Stephanie Izard's restaurant on the Best New Restaurant list as well. Not finalists (yet!) but still good to see the recognition.

      As for Kevin - I don't think he needs the publicity. :-)

      1. re: Bunson

        Pretty sure that he and Bryan V. were approached but both turned down due to their hectic schedules nowadays...

      2. Same here, I'm glad to see Kevin and Stephanie get a mention

        Also I am quite pleased with Tom Douglas' restaurants and hope he wins in his category.

        NYC is a who's who. I don't think there was any chef listed there that I did not recognize the name.

        And just a shout out to Orlando - I'm proud to see a few mentions to show Orlando isn't just about chain restaurants.

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        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

          ^Roger that.