The James Beard Foundation just announced its list of 2013 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists and two Idahoans made the Northwest's Best Chef list. Chef Gary Kucy at Rupert’s in the Hotel McCall, and Taite Pearson at Della Mano in Ketchum.
The James Beard Awards will take place Friday, May 3, and Monday, May 6, in New York City.
Best Chef: Northwest
-Chris Ainsworth, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Walla Walla, Wash.
-Andy Blanton, Cafe Kandahar, Whitefish, Mont.
-Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, Ox, Portland, Ore.
-Jeff Drew, Snake River Grill, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
-Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle, Wash.
-Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle, Wash.
-John Gorham, Toro Bravo, Portland, Ore.
-James Honaker, Bistro Enzo, Billings, Mont.
-Brett Knipmeyer, Kinley’s Restaurant & Bar, Anchorage, Alaska
-Gary Kucy, Rupert’s, McCall, Idaho
-Nathan Lockwood, Altura, Seattle
-Taite Pearson, Della Mano, Ketchum, Idaho
-Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, Ore.
-Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
-Adam Sappington, The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar, Portland, Ore.