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Des Moines chef named semifinalist for James Beard Foundation award

Des Moines chef named semifinalist for James Beard Foundation award”

Fleer is a four-time James Beard Award finalist, and has been nominated multiple times.

It's the first nomination for the longtime South Jersey sushi destination.

The James Beard Foundation on Wednesday announced its Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for this year's 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, and one Lawrence baker is on the list.

Meanwhile, the James Beard Foundation once again honored Scott Anderson of Princeton's Elements, Joey Baldino of Collingswood's Zeppoli and Dan Richer of Jersey City's Razza Pizza Artigianale of Jersey City with nominations for best chef Mid-Atlantic. "They are just incredibly talented and they work so hard there every day". "It means a lot for that restaurant and who we are and what we've been doing for the last 40-plus years".

Tripp, who also qualified as a semifinalist in 2016, began his tenure at Alba after a stint at Fruition Restaurant in Denver.

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Zachary Engel of Shaya and Martha Wiggins of Sylvain are both nominated for the foundation's Rising Chef of the Year award.

The Beard Awards are the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars, and winning an award - or even being nominated - can mean more customers for a restaurant and an upward trajectory for a chef. Former Madison chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent in Milwaukee, was nominated in the same category, as was Luke Zahm of Driftless Café in Viroqua.

The organization, which received more than 24,000 online entries in 21 categories, also names outstanding restaurants, restaurateurs and bar, wine and service programs in addition to star chefs in 10 regions of the country.

As is tradition, the foundation announces the semifinalists in advance of the final nominees, which will be made public on March 15. There are no cash prizes.

Winners will be announced at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1.



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