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Here are Florida's James Beard Award Semifinalists

Just in: The James Beard Foundation has announced the 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists. On March 18, this longer list will be narrowed down to the final nominees and on May 15, the winners will be announced. So far, South Florida and Miami are doing pretty well with several of our finest food and beverage professionals being named in various categories. Congrats to the following local semifinalists!

Outstanding Bar Program

The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach, FL

Outstanding Restaurant

Bern's Steak House, Tampa, FL

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Joey Redner, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Best Chef: South

Greg Baker, The Refinery, Tampa, FL
Chad Johnson, SideBern's, Tampa, FL
Jose Mendin, Pubbelly, Miami Beach, FL
Horacio Rivadero, The District Miami
James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL
Steve Phelps, Indigenous, Sarasota, FL
Hari Pulapaka, Cress, DeLand, FL
Henry Salgado, Spanish River Grill, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Outstanding Chef

Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

Head over to Eater National for the full round up of all semifinalists.
· James Beard Foundation [Official Website]
· JBF Announces 2014 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists [EN]
· All Awards Season Coverage on Eater Miami [EMIA]