The James Beard Foundation announced its long list of 2020 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, with Dallas getting nine nods.
Each category has a pretty lengthy list of options; final nominees will be announced March 25.
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Best New Restaurant: Justin Holt's Salaryman
Outstanding Baker: Clyde Greenhouse, Kessler Baking Studio
Outstanding Bar Program: Las Almas Rotas
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Maggie Huff, Homewood; Ricardo Sanchez, Bullion
Best Chef, Texas: Misti Norris, Petra and the Beast; Regino Rojas, Revolver Taco Lounge; Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An; Donny Sirisavath, Khao Noodle Shop
Rojas is seeing his name in the semifinalist list for the third time for best chef (formerly for the Southwest region; Texas has its own as of this year). Norris' Petra and the Beast was in the running for best new restaurant last year; Huff is seeing her name on the list again after having been on it in 2017 for her work at FT33; and Sakurai returns to the semifinalist list for best chef, too.
In about a month, we'll see who moves on as the list narrows. But for now, congrats to all who are making waves in Dallas' restaurant scene.