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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


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

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