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Best Chef NW Semifinalist: Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi, Seattle (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

The Oscars of Food: These PNW restaurants are James Beard Semifinalists

The 2020 James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists were just released, and the Pacific Northwest is representing! The James Beard Foundation is known as kind of the "Oscars of the food industry" and covers all aspects of the industry including restaurateurs, cookbook authors, restaurants design, best chef or restaurant in region, etc.

We looked through the list of nom-nominations (see what I did there?) and consolidated all the nominees from Washington. And guess what - you've seen quite a bit of them profiled on our website and show!

Best New Restaurant

Il Nido
2717 61st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Pasta maestro Micheal Easton of Pioneer Square’s Il Corvo opening Il Nido last year, on Alki Beach - and it's been a hit ever since. To say this was huge news for the Seattle restaurant scene would be an understatement. Full story online.

Outstanding Baker

Matt Tinder, Saboteur Bakery
2110 E 11th St, Bremerton, WA 98310
Matt left Michelin-starred restaurants in California to bring his talents to Bremerton of all places. The couple thought about opening in Seattle, but decided against it. Fan favorites are the ham and cheese, and chocolate croissants...and don't get us started on the scones...Full story online.

Outstanding Chef

Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita
9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034
Cafe Juanita features "nationally acclaimed Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list." Full story online.

Outstanding Hospitality

2576 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
Want a primer on Canlis? We had the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at inner-workings of this beloved Seattle institution, in order to capture a moment in time during a landmark year for the restaurant, and discover why it has, and continues to, stand the test of time. Full story online.

Outstanding Wine Program

1315 E Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98122
Chef JJ Proville spent time at Il Corvo before starting his own shop here, and in some ways, this is the French version of the same concept: a cuisine boiled down to its essence. From the small space under Seven Beef, lined with wooden banquettes, Proville serves cheese with marmalade, grilled leeks, and warm lentil salad. Full story online.

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Producer

Steve Luke, Cloudburst Brewing
2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Liz Kenyon, Rupee Bar
6307 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Shota Nakajima, Adana
1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

Best Chef: Northwest & Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA)

Chera Amlag, Hood Famous Cafe + Bar
504 5th Ave S, Suite 107A Seattle, WA 98104
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar is located in the Chinatown - International District, where customers delight in the beautiful baked goods and desserts created by Chera Amlag, which features ingredients popular in the Philippines. Full article online.

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Jay Blackinton, Hogstone's Wood Oven
460 Main St, Eastsound, WA 98245
Jay was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2017 and was highlighted for his commitment to local flavor, serving wood-fired pizza and stunning island-foraged tasting menus. Full story online.

Logan Cox, Homer
3013 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Sun Hong, By Tae
1424 11th Ave ste e, Seattle, WA 98122
In this small space, something magical occurs. It’s like you’re at a lunch party amongst friends with Sun and Erin as your hosts. You’ll converse with your fellow seat-mates; you’ll cheers and toast to any milestones or celebrations amongst the eight. And you’ll be in for a pretty delicious lunch through the lens of Sun’s history with food. Full story online.

Mitch Mayers, Sawyer
5309 22nd Ave. N.W. Suite A Seattle, WA 98107
It sits in what was once a saw mill - a building more than 90 years old. In the midst of one of the city's most vibrant restaurant scenes, yet close enough to Salmon Bay to smell the salt water through the windows...Full story online.

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Mutsuko Soma, Kamonegi
1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Chef and artisan soba maker Mutsuko Soma is one of just a handful of chefs in the United States preparing soba noodles from scratch. Full article online.

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Aaron Verzosa, Archipelago
5607 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Intimate? Check. Truly unique? Check. Delicious? Come on. Homey, yet chic; Archipelago is a one of a kind Filipino and Pacific Northwest fusion restaurant that can accommodate eight people at the chef's counter for dinner. Full story online.

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Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule
3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103