2013 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees announced

Jon Shook (L) and Vinny Dotolo (R), owners of Animal in Los Angeles are nominated for James Beard awards.
(Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Times)

The James Beard Foundation announced its awards nominees Monday during a luncheon at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, S.C. There are 59 award categories including best restaurant and chef, best restaurant design, best radio show/audio webcast and more.

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Some Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs made the cut. Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco (who’s name also is behind PIGG in L.A.) and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun were among the nominees for Best Chef West; Caroline Styne of Lucques in West Hollywood was nominated for Best Restaurateur; and Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza were nominated for Outstanding Chef.


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The winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center in New York on May 6. Tickets ($475 for non-foundation members) to the awards ceremony and gala recption are on sale at or at (914) 231-6180.

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For a full list of nominees, go to


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