Raleigh is Home to 3 James Beard Semi Finalists

Chef Ashley Christensen and Brewery Bhavana, each enjoying a big year of national acclaim, are semifinalists for two of the James Beard Foundation’s highest national awards.

For the second year in a row, Christensen is up for Outstanding Chef, having previously won the award for Best Chef: Southeast in 2014. Brewery Bhavana, not even a year old, is up for Best New Restaurant in the country.

In all, 12 North Carolina chefs, brewers, bakers and restaurants are in the running for James Beard awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists Thursday morning for its wide ranging awards that are considered among the industry’s highest honors, often compared to film’s Oscars. The awards honor the best chef in various geographical regions and in culinary disciplines, such as baking and beverage service. ...
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Brent Woodcox