The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the 2014 IACP Award finalists, nominating Sonoma chef John McReynolds' "Stone Edge Farm Cookbook" for three awards.
The cookbook, featuring photographs by Leslie Sophie Lindell, was nominated in three categories: Chefs and Restaurants; First Book (The Julia Child Award); and Photography. It was the only book in this year's competition to receive three nominations.
The book was published by Stone Edge Farm, a Sonoma wine estate whose owner, Mac McQuown, wrote the book's forward. It was edited by Jill Hunting of Sonoma.
Other Bay Area nominees include "Best Lunch Box Ever" by Katie Sullivan Morford of San Francisco, in the Children, Youth and Family category; "The Art of Simple Food II" by Alice Waters of Berkeley and "Heart of the Plate" by Mollie Katzen of Berkeley, both in the General category; "Cooked" by Michael Pollan of Oakland in the Literary Food Writing category; "In the Charcuterie" by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Moller of Fatted Calf in Napa and San Francisco, in the Single Subject category; and "The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart of Eureka, in the Wine, Beer and Spirits category.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony March 15 in Chicago as part of the IACP's 35th annual conference. For a completely list of winners, go to <a href="http://iacp.com" target="_blank">iacp.com</a>.
<strong> James Beard semifinalists for restaurants, chefs:</strong> The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards, with many North Bay chefs and restaurateurs making the first cut.
The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City on May 2 and 3. Here is the list of North Bay semifinalists:
<strong>Best New Restaurant:</strong> The Cavalier, Coqueta and Tosca Cafe, all of San Francisco.
<strong>Outstanding Bar Program:</strong> Bar Agricole, Hard Water and Trick Dog, all of San Francisco.
<strong>Outstanding Chef:</strong> Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco; Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco; Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco.
<strong>Outstanding Pastry Chef:</strong> Melissa Chou of Aziza in San Francisco; Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie in San Francisco.
<strong>Outstanding Restaurant:</strong> Foreign Cinema, Greens and The Slanted Door, all of San Francisco; Terra of St. Helena.
<strong>Outstanding Restaurateur:</strong> Larry Mindel of Poggio and Copita in Sausalito; Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill and Cindy's Back Street Kitchen in the Napa Valley.
<strong>Outstanding Service:</strong> Quince of San Francisco; The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena.
<strong>Outstanding Wine Program:</strong> A16 in San Francisco; Press in St. Helena.
<strong>Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional:</strong> Ted Lemon of Littorai Wines in Sebastopol; Jorg Rupf of St. George Spirits in Alameda; Burt Williams, founder of Williams Selyem Winery in Healdsburg.
<strong>Rising Star of the Year:</strong> Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty of Sons &amp; Daughters in San Francisco; Ukiah native Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple in Washington, D. C.
<strong>Best Chef West:</strong> Matthew Accarrino of SPQR in San Francisco; Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions in San Francisco; Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Yountville; Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco; Mourad Lahlou of Azaiza in San Francisco; Corey Lee of Benu in San Francisco; Daniel Patterson of Coi in San Francisco; James Syhabout of Commis in Oakland; Joshua Skenes of Saison in San Francisco.