2014 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: Six Arizona Candidates Make the List

Virtu Honest Craft won a nod in the Best New Restaurant Category
Virtu Honest Craft won a nod in the Best New Restaurant Category
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This morning the James Beard Foundation announced the restaurant and chef semifinalists for 2014 at a live event at the East End Market in Orlando, Florida. The annual awards, which will take place in May, are often referred to as the Oscars of the culinary world. The long list of semifinalists will be narrowed down to a much shorter list of finalists in March.

Here are the Valley restaurants and chefs who made the cut.

See also: Kevin Binkley Stiffed (Again) at the 2013 James Beard Awards

Virtu Honest Craft, Best New Restauarant Chef Gio Osso

Pizzeria Bianco, Outstanding Restaurant Chef Chris Bianco

Sam Fox, Outstanding Restaurateur Fox Restaurant Concepts

Charleen Badman, Best Chef Southwest FnB Restaurant

Kevin Binkley, Best Chef Southwest Binkley's Restaurant

Silvana Salcido Esparza, Best Chef Southwest Barrio Cafe

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Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331


Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006


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