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22 Seattle-area chefs and restaurants named James Beard semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation on Wednesday morning released its list of semifinalists for the coveted namesake award, the highest honor in the restaurant industry. There were several local surprises this year: No Anchor, the beer bar in Belltown, is up for “Best New Restaurant” in America while three young local chefs — Jay Blackinton of Hogstone’s Wood Oven on Orcas Island, and in Seattle, Maximillian Petty of  Eden Hill and Brady Williams of  Canlis — made the cut for the “Rising Star Chef of the Year.”

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Revealed: This Year's James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has revealed its list of semifinalists for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Culled from more than 24,000 entries, the list of semifinalists covers 21 categories, representing stellar talent from all across the culinary field, including chefs, wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, pastry chefs and bakers. Both established and up-and-coming talent, restaurants and bars are included in the list.

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Behold, Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

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