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Meet Pittsburgh's James Beard Award Semifinalists

Pittsburgh has eight nominations in six categories.




Bethany Zozula of Whitfield | photo by laura petrilla

The James Beard Foundation announced the names of the semifinalists for its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Pittsburgh is represented in six categories. The foundation will name the finalists on March 14 and the winners will be announced at an awards gala in Chicago on May 7. Pittsburgh Magazine will keep you updated throughout the process.

Congratulations to Pittsburgh's semifinalists:

Outstanding Restaurant: Legume Bistro
Outstanding Restaurateur: Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group
Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic: Wei Zhu, Chengdu Gourmet, Bethany Zozula, Whitfield and Kristin Butterworth, Lautrec
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Casey Renee
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Meredith Meyer Grelli and Alex Grelli, Wigle Whiskey
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Becca Hegarty, Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette

The complete list of 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists is here.

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