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10 Vegas Restaurants and Chefs Are Named James Beard Semifinalists

February 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Julian Serrano, second from right, named Outstanding Chef.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists were announced last week and Las Vegas cleaned house with ten contenders for these prestigious awards:

Outstanding Chef
Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Vanessa Garcia, Restaurant Charlie at the Palazzo

Best New Restaurant
Sage at Aria Resort & Casino

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kamel Guechida, JoŽl Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Outstanding Wine Service
Picasso at Bellagio

Outstanding Service
JoŽl Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Nobhill Tavern at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Best Chef: Southwest
Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam
Claude Le Tohic, JoŽl Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Rick Moonen, RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Big high fives to all the culinary and hospitality talent Ė from the front-of-the-house to the back-of-the-house -- who helped these restaurants and chefs earns these nominations. You can see all of the James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists here.

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