The James Beard Foundation just held a big ol’ press conference down in Orlando to announce the semifinalists for this year’s Restaurant and Chef categories at the annual awards gala, which will be held on May 5. In addition to listing the nominees, the foundation shared the theme of this year’s ceremony: “Sounds of the City,” exploring the relationship between music and food in cities around the country.

Does that mean an Action Bronson performance at the Lincoln Center this year? Probably not, but we can always hold out hope. In the meantime, check out the full list of semifinalists below, as well as some tidbits from the FWF archives to help you get to know them better.

Best New Restaurant

The 404 Kitchen, Nashville

Aragona, Seattle

Ardent, Milwaukee

Asta, Boston

Bar Sajor, Seattle

Betony, NYC [See also: Best New Restaurants of 2013]

Brindille, Chicago

Carbone, NYC [See also: Best New Restaurants of 2013]

Casa Rubia, Dallas

The Cavalier, San Francisco

Chi Spacca, Los Angeles

Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood, CA

Coqueta, San Francisco

The Elm, Brooklyn, NY [See also: Best Burgers in NYC, By Budget]

Estela, NYC [See also: Best New Restaurants of 2013]

Fish & Game, Hudson, NY

Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe

Laurel, Philadelphia

MilkWood, Louisville, KY

MW, Honolulu

Nico Osteria, Chicago

Pêche, New Orleans

Pinewood Social, Nashville

Ribelle, Brookline, MA

Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.

Serpico, Philadelphia

Tosca Cafe, San Francisco

Trois Mec, Los Angeles

Uncle Boons, NYC [See also: Best New Restaurants of 2013]

Virtù, Scottsdale, AZ

Outstanding Bar Program

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

The Bar at the NoMad Hotel, NYC [See also: The 25 Best Bars in NYC]

The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach, FL

Butcher and the Rye, Pittsburgh

Canon, Seattle

Clyde Common, Portland, OR

Columbia Room inside the Passenger, Washington, D.C.

Cure, New Orleans

The Dead Rabbit, NYC [See also: The 25 Best Bars in NYC]

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Philadelphia

Hard Water, San Francisco

The Hawthorne, Boston

Kimball House, Decatur, GA

Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY [See also: The 25 Best Bars in NYC]

Marvel Bar, Minneapolis

The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta [See also: Your Essential Guide to Atlanta’s Craft-Beer Bars]

Rivera, Los Angeles

Rogue 24, Washington, D.C.

Taste, St. Louis

Trick Dog, San Francisco [See also: 10 Cocktail Trends You Need to Know]

The Varnish, Los Angeles

The Violet Hour, Chicago

Williams & Graham, Denver

Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde, NYC [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, CA

Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, NYC

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Chicago

Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, San Francisco

Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ

Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta

Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle

Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

 

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC [See also: Dominque Ansel’s Most Memorable Cronut Moments]

Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco

Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Steve Horton, Rustica Bakery, Minneapolis

Kate Jacoby, Vedge, Philadelphia

Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW, Honolulu

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Phoebe Lawless, Scratch, Durham, NC

Belinda Leong, b. patisserie, San Francisco

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, Baked, Brooklyn, NY

Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Spuntino, Denver

Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.

Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Neil Robertson, Crumble & Flake, Seattle

Philip Speer, Uchi, Austin and Houston

Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei, Hungry Ghost, Northampton, MA

Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Nick Wesemann, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, MO

Jennifer Yee, Lafayette, NYC [See also: The Best Pastry Chefs to Follow on Instagram]

 

Outstanding Restaurant

Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL

Canlis, Seattle

The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro, NC

Fore Street, Portland, ME

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco

Fork, Philadelphia

Greens, San Francisco

Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston

Hearth, NYC

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL

Jaleo, Washington, D.C.

Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

Pearl Oyster Bar, NYC

Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Primo, Rockland, ME

The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Spiaggia, Chicago

Terra, St. Helena, CA

Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

wd~50, NYC [See also: Family Meal with the Staff of wd~50]

 

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Washington, D.C. (The Bombay Club, The Oval Room, Rasika, and others)

Giorgios Bakatsias, Giorgios Hospitality Group, Durham, NC (Kipos, Parizäde, Village Burgers, and others)

Frank Bonanno, Bonanno Concepts, Denver (Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Bones, and others)

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

George Formaro, Des Moines, IA (Centro, Django, South Union Bread Café, and others)

Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Phoenix (Olive & Ivy, True Food, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, and others)

Ford Fry, Ford Fry Restaurant Company, Atlanta (The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, No. 246, and others)

Garrett Harker, Boston (Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, and others)

Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta

Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others)

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Larry Mindel, Poggio and Copita, Sausalito, CA

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen, and Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar)

Nick Pihakis, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, AL

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden, Serpico, and others)

Caroline Styne, West Hollywood, CA (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and others)

Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group, NYC (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50, and others)

Andrew Tarlow, NYC (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Reynard, and others)

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, Philadelphia (Little Nonna’s, Jamonera, Barbuzzo, and others)

Rick and Ann Yoder, Wild Ginger, Seattle

 

Outstanding Service

Abacus, Dallas

Bacchanalia, Atlanta

Blue Hill, NYC [See also: Jordana Rothman’s most memorable meal of 2013]

Brigtsen’s, New Orleans

Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

L’Espalier, Boston

Komi, Washington, D.C.

L2O, Chicago

Lucques, West Hollywood, CA

Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.

McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

One Flew South, Atlanta

Persimmon, Bristol, RI

Providence, Los Angeles

Quince, San Francisco

Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

Topolobampo, Chicago

Vetri, Philadelphia

 

Outstanding Wine Program

5 & 10, Athens, GA

A16, San Francisco

Addison at the Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA

Bar Boulud, NYC [See also: The 10 Wines That Made My Career: Michael Madrigale]

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, TX

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

FIG, Charleston, SC

The Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

The Little Nell, Aspen, CO

Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar, NYC

Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Press, St. Helena, CA

Rouge Tomate, NYC

Sepia, Chicago

Spago, Beverly Hills, CA

Troquet, Boston

Yono’s Restaurant, Albany, NY

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE [See also: The 10 Beers That Made My Career]

Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, Vanberg & DeWulf, Cooperstown, NY [See also: Belgian Beers to Drink Before You Die]

Mike Floyd, Nick Floyd, and Simon Floyd, Three Floyds Brewing, Munster, IN

Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol, CA

Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wine, Napa, CA

Stephen McCarthy, Clear Creek Distillery, Portland, OR

Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY [See also: The 10 Beers That Made My Career]

Luca Paschina, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA

David Perkins, High West Distillery & Saloon, Park City, UT

Tom Peters, Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia

Joey Redner, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Jörg Rupf, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

Eric Seed, Haus Alpenz, Edina, MN

Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME [See also: The Most Influential Beers of All Time]

Ann Tuennerman, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans

Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

Burt Williams, founder of Williams Selyem Winery, Healdsburg, CA

David Wondrich, spirits educator, Brooklyn, NY

Stephen M. Wood, Farnum Hill Cider, Lebanon, NH [See also: High Life Decoded: Cider]

 

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig, Chicago

Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Daniel Delaney, Delaney Barbecue, Brooklyn, NY

Chris Kajioka, Vintage Cave, Honolulu [See also: Behind the Scenes at Vintage Cave]

Christopher Kearse, Will, Philadelphia

Matthew Kirkley, L2O, Chicago

Casey Lane, Tasting Kitchen, Venice, CA

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos

Andrew Le, The Pig and the Lady, Honolulu

Rick Lewis, Quincy Street Bistro, St. Louis

Malcolm Livingston II, wd~50, NYC

Tim Maslow, Ribelle, Brookline, MA

Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty, Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple, Washington, D.C.

Ben Nerenhausen, Mistral, Princeton, NJ

Jorel Pierce, Euclid Hall, Denver

David Posey, Blackbird, Chicago

Ben Puchowitz, CHeU Noodle Bar, Philadelphia

Eduardo Ruiz, Corazón y Miel, Bell, CA

Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME

Eli Sussman, Mile End, Brooklyn, NY

Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles

Michael Toscano, Perla, NYC [See also: Best New NYC Restaurants of 2012]

Chris Weber, The Herbfarm, Woodinville, WA

Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

 

Best Chef: Great Lakes

Myles Anton, Trattoria Stella, Traverse City, MI

Dave Beran, Next, Chicago

Neal Brown, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Indianapolis

Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, Fat Rice, Chicago

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago

Phillip Foss, EL Ideas, Chicago

Greg Hardesty, Recess, Indianapolis

Douglas Katz, Fire Food & Drink, Cleveland

Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, OH

Ryan McCaskey, Acadia, Chicago

Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis

Brian Polcyn, Forest Grill, Birmingham, MI

Iliana Regan, Elizabeth, Chicago

Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, IN

Jason Vincent, Nightwood, Chicago

Paul Virant, Vie Restaurant, Western Springs, IL

Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria, Chicago

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago

 

Best Chef: Mid-atlantic

Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton, NJ

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ

Pierre Calmels, Bibou, Philadelphia

Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate, Washington, D.C.

Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia [See also: 10 Up-and-Coming Chefs to Keep on Your Radar]

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Lee Gregory, The Roosevelt, Richmond, VA

Haidar Karoum, Proof, Washington, D.C.

Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville, VA

Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia

Lucas Manteca, The Red Store, Cape May Point, NJ

Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.

Justin Severino, Cure, Pittsburgh

Bryan Sikora, La Fia, Wilmington, DE

Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia

Lee Styer, Fond, Philadelphia

Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Angelo Vangelopoulos, The Ivy Inn Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA

Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

 

Best Chef: Midwest

Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee

Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis

Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume, Omaha, NE

Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Doug Flicker, Piccolo, Minneapolis

Josh Galliano, The Libertine, Clayton, MO

Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Ted Habiger, Room 39, Kansas City, MO

Howard Hanna, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Kansas City, MO

Jamie Malone, Sea Change, Minneapolis

Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis

Ryan Nitschke and Nick Weinhandl, HoDo Restaurant at the Hotel Donaldson, Fargo, ND

Ben Poremba, Elaia, St. Louis

Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN

Phil Shires, Cafe di Scala, Des Moines, IA

David Swanson, Braise, Milwaukee

Jim Webster, Wild Rice, Bayfield, WI

Kevin Willmann, Farmhaus, St. Louis

Sean Wilson, Proof, Des Moines, IA

 

Best Chef: Northeast

Tyler Anderson, Millwright’s, Simsbury, CT

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston

Eric Gabrynowicz, Restaurant North, Armonk, NY

Wesley Genovart, SoLo Farm & Table, South Londonderry, VT [See also: Chris Schonberger’s most memorable meals of 2012]

Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY

Evan Hennessey, Stages at One Washington, Dover, NH

Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden, ME

Dano Hutnik, Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca, Lodi, NY

Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc., Providence, RI

Michael Leviton, Lumière, Newton, MA

Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Evan Mallett, Black Trumpet Bistro, Portsmouth, NH

Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME

Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden, ME

Guy Reuge, Mirabelle, Stony Brook, NY

Champe Speidel, Persimmon, Bristol, RI

Benjamin Sukle, Birch, Providence, RI

Joel Viehland, Community Table, Washington, CT

Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Burlington and Waterbury, VT

 

Best Chef: Northwest

Chris Ainsworth, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Walla Walla, WA

Andy Blanton, Cafe Kandahar, Whitefish, MT

Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR

Eric Donnelly, RockCreek, Seattle

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle

James Honaker, Bistro Enzo, Billings, MT

Joe Kim, 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, Bend, OR

Richard Langston, Café Vicino, Boise, ID

Nathan Lockwood, Altura, Seattle

Brendan McGill, Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island, WA

Trent Pierce, Roe, Portland, OR

Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR

Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table, Seattle

Adam Sappington, The Country Cat, Portland, OR

Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy, Seattle

Jason Stratton, Spinasse, Seattle

Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR

Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

 

Best Chef: NYC

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Fredrik Berselius, Aska

April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig

Paul Carmichael, Má Pêche

Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy

Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen

Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Paul Liebrandt, The Elm [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Anita Lo, Annisa [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Carlo Mirarchi, Roberta’s

Seamus Mullen, Tertulia [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Joe Ng, RedFarm

Alex Raij and Eder Montero, Txikito

César Ramirez, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Masato Shimizu, 15 East

Justin Smillie, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Alex Stupak, Empellón Cocina [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, Carbone

Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Michael White, Marea [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

 

Best Chef: south

Greg Baker, The Refinery, Tampa, FL

Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Derek Emerson, Walker’s Drive-In, Jackson, MS

José Enrique, José Enrique, San Juan, PR [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Justin Girouard, The French Press, Lafayette, LA

Chad Johnson, SideBern’s, Tampa, FL

Matthew McClure, The Hive, Bentonville, AR

Rob McDaniel, SpringHouse, Alexander City, AL

Jose Mendin, Pubbelly, Miami Beach, FL

James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL

Steve Phelps, Indigenous, Sarasota, FL

Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Hari Pulapaka, Cress, DeLand, FL

Horacio Rivadero, The District Miami

Henry Salgado, Spanish River Grill, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette, New Orleans

Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans [See also: Contemporary Cajun Cuisine with Isaac Toups]

Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans

 

Best Chef: Southeast

Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA

Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh, Charleston, SC

Colin Bedford, The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro, NC

Kathy Cary, Lilly’s, Louisville, KY

Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, NC [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Scott Crawford, Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC

Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Atlanta

Damian Heath, Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, WV

Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC

Scott Howell, Nana’s, Durham, NC

Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani, Asheville, NC

Kevin Johnson, The Grocery, Charleston, SC

Josh Keeler, Two Boroughs Larder, Charleston, SC

Matt Kelly, Mateo, Durham, NC

Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY [See also: The 10 Dishes That Made My Career]

Daniel Lindley, St John’s Restaurant, Chattanooga, TN

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis

Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto, Hillsborough, NC

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

 

Best Chef: Southwest

Charleen Badman, FnB, Scottsdale, AZ

Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ

Bowman Brown, Forage, Salt Lake City

David Bull, Congress, Austin

James Campbell Caruso, La Boca, Santa Fe

Rob Connoley, The Curious Kumquat, Silver City, NM

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Jennifer James, Jennifer James 101, Albuquerque, NM

Matt McCallister, FT33, Dallas

Frederick Muller, El Meze, Taos, NM

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Jeff Osaka, Twelve, Denver

Jonathan Perno, La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM

Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe

Silvana Salcido, Barrio Café, Phoenix

Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston

John Tesar, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas

David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

 

Best Chef: West

Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Josef Centeno, Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles

Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville, CA

Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

Justin Cogley, Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel, Carmel, CA

Mitsuo Endo, Aburiya Raku, Las Vegas

Tyler Florence, Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco

Ed Kenney, Town, Honolulu

Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, Los Angeles [See also: Ludo Lefebvre’s L.A. Essentials]

David LeFevre, MB Post, Manhattan Beach, CA

Niki Nakayama, n/naka, Los Angeles

Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

John Rivera Sedlar, Rivera, Los Angeles

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Joshua Skenes, Saison, San Francisco

James Syhabout, Commis, Oakland, CA

Ricardo Zarate, Picca, Los Angeles