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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