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James Beard Award finalists include 7 Los Angeles picks

Here are the LA restaurants and chefs who made the final list—and here's who we think got snubbed

Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne at AOC
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne at AOC
By Erin Kuschner |

The 2014 James Beard Award finalists were announced Tuesday, and out of all the world-class restaurants, bars and chefs in this great city of ours, a mere seven made the final cut. Still, we have to give a big congratulations to these LA tastemakers nominated for such a prestigious award:

Outstanding Chef: Suzanne Goin, Lucques; Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza

Outstanding Restaurateur: Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern and more)

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza

Best Chef: West: Michael Cimarusti, Providence; Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal

2014 JBF Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America: Sherry Yard, Pastry Chef and Author (formerly of Spago, currently working on Helms Hall and Bakery)

While the semifinalist list proved to be more LA-heavy, some didn't make it past the chopping block. Here are a few of the James Beard Award semifinalists we think should have gone all the way:

Best New Restaurant:Trois Mec

Outstanding Bar Program:The Varnish

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Casey Lane, Tasting Kitchen

Outstanding Service:Providence

The award ceremony will be held on May 5 at the Lincoln Center in New York. Here are the Chicago restaurants that also got nods from the James Beard Foundation.

RECOMMENDED: Time Out LA Food & Drink Awards 2013