Goin, Silverton lead nominees for 2014 James Beard Awards

It's going to be Suzanne Goin going head-to-head with Nancy Silverton in the outstanding chef category in the James Beard Foundation's annual awards competition. The finalists were announced Tuesday.

Considered the Academy Awards of the culinary world, there are 59 categories of awards, including best restaurant, best chef, best restaurant design, best cookbook and more.


In addition, Goin's restaurant partner Caroline Styne was nominated for the outstanding restaurateur award and Osteria Mozza's Dahlia Narvaez was nominated for outstanding pastry chef. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun and Michael Cimarusti of Providence were nominated for best chef in the West.

Besides Goin, honored for Lucques, and Silverton, for Pizzeria Mozza, the outstanding chef finalists are Michael Anthony of Grammercy Tavern in New York; Sean Brock of McCrady's in Charleston, S.C.; David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif.; and Marc Vetri of Vetri in Philadelphia.

Pastry chef and author Sherry Yard (Spago) will also be inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage.

Local authors making it to the finals of the cookbook awards are Valerie Gordon for "Sweet" and Martha Rose Shulman with cowriter Jacquy Pfeiffer for "The Art of French Pastry."

The winners will be announced May 5 at a ceremony in New York. Tickets to the ceremony and gala reception are can be purchased at online or by calling (914) 231-6180. Tickets are $475, or $425 for James Beard Foundation members.

The winners of the book awards will be announced May 2 at the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards dinner at Gotham Hall.

For a full list of nominees, go to

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