James Beard 2014 Semifinalists Announced: Miami Talent Included

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Michael Schwartz gets a Beard nod.
The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the 2014 Restaurant and Chef award categories today, and a smattering of Miami culinary professionals made the list. The total number of South Florida semifinalists for 2014 is five, down from last year's seven.

The announcement took place at Orlando's East End Market. The Beard Foundation, by the way, called Orlando "one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs." The actual awards ceremony takes place in New York City on May 2 and 5.

See also: James Beard Announces 2013 Semifinalists: Miami Gets Several Nods

Beard award semifinalists were chosen after an online "open call," where anyone could submit their suggestion. Nearly 40,000 submissions were received and were weeded down by the foundation's Restaurant and Chef Awards committee, composed of critics, writers, and editors to the list of semifinalists.

Then, a group of former Beard award winners, committee members, and other regional panelists will cast their votes from the list of semifinalists, with the five in each category with the highest number of votes becoming the nominees for the Beard. The finalists will be announced in Chicago on March 18.

Miami semifinalists for 2014 include:

For a complete list of semifinalists, visit jamesbeard.org.

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music


1418 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The District Miami

190 NE 46th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant

Verde Restaurant and Bar

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami Jose Mendin


Orlando "one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs."

Where did this come from?

There is not one nominee for any of the James Beard Awards from Orlando.

JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

@mgellman1  Also, I guess you could say the Ravenous Pig is in the Orlando area.

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