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The 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards Finalists in San Francisco

May the odds be ever in their favor


The James Beard Foundation Awards saga continues, and today, March 15, the finalists were announced. San Francisco's big standouts include Liholiho Yacht Club up for Best New Restaurant, Bar Agricole for Outstanding Bar Program and Michael Tusk (Quince, Cotogna) for Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Service. San Francisco nominees were sadly cut out of Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year and more, but there's still a strong San Francisco showing overall.

The winners will be announced at the awards gala on Monday, May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. See the full showing of Bay Area finalists below, and head here for the complete, nationwide list.

Best New Restaurant

Liholiho Yacht Club

Outstanding Baker

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie
William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole

Outstanding Chef

Michael Tusk, Quince

Outstanding Restaurateur

Michael Mina, Mina Restaurants, San Francisco (Michael Mina, Bourbon Steak, RN74, and others)

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Outstanding Service


Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, CA

Best Chef: West

Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, CA
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles