Among the local highlights in the just-announced James Beard Foundation Awards nominees for 2012 are a Bay Area-dominant quartet of chefs in the Best Chef: Pacific category. Daniel Patterson (Coi), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Michael Chiarello (Bottega), and Christopher Kostow (Meadowood). Thomas McNaughton (Flour & Water) once again lands on the Rising Star list along with newcomer and national press darling Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food). And four-month-old AQ got a nod for Best New Restaurant, which is pretty awesome for them. Bar Agricole made the cut for nominees in the brand new Outstanding Bar Program category; and A16's Shelley Lindgren once again gets honored for her wine program.
For the umpteenth time, Boulevard landed on the Outstanding Restaurant nominee list maybe this will be their year! And Gary Danko got a nod for Outstanding Chef, and Aziza's Melissa Chou was nominated for the pastry chef prize as well.
Also, the East Bay Express's Ellen Cushing got a nod for her wine, spirits and beverage writing; and local food writer Emily Kaiser Thelin got recognized for that piece she wrote for San Francisco magazine last year about Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam.
Congratulations to all y'all.
See the link below for the full list of nominees, and remember that the awards will be happening May 7 in New York.