This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced 2016’s semifinalists for its prestigious culinary awards. Seven Colorado restaurants, chefs, and industry professionals landed on the list. Finalists will be announced on March 15, with winners being announced at a ceremony in Chicago on May 2. A list of the semifinalists representing Colorado is below.

Frank Bonanno

Frank Bonanno

Outstanding Chef

Jennifer Jasinski – Rioja

Outstanding Restaurant

Frasca Food & Wine – Boulder

Outstanding Restaurateur

Frank Bonanno – Luca, Mizuna, Bones, Russell’s Smokehouse, Green Russell, Bones, Salt & Grinder, Osteria Marco, Lou’s Food Bar, Vesper Lounge

Outstanding Wine Program

Element 47 at The Little Nell – Aspen

Best Chef: Southwest

Steven Redzikowski – Acorn
Dana Rodriguez – Work & Class
Alex Seidel – Fruition

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