Great news for Seattle and the state of Washington.  Many of our restaurants are nominated for the prestigious James Beard award this year.  I have been to some of the restaurants on the list, but have a long way to go!  What’s your favorite?  Good luck to local nominees.

Best New RestaurantShanik
The Whale Wins
Outstanding Bar ProgramCanon
Outstanding Chef
Maria Hines, 
Tilth/Golden Beetle/ Agrodolce
Outstanding Pastry Chef
William Leaman, 
Bakery Nouveau

Outstanding RestaurantCanlis
Outstanding Restaurateur
John Howie, 
John Howie Steak/Seastar
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Mark Bodinet, 
Chris Weber, The Herbfarm
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn
Best Chef Northwest
Chris Ainsworth, 
Renee Erickson, 
The Whale Wins/The Walrus & the Carpenter
Jason Franey, Canlis
Nathan Lockwood, Altura
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Jason Stratton, Spinasse
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule/Revel