Cardamom Hill, Bacchanalia, and Ford Fry Among James Beard Foundation Awards Semifinalists

Twelve semifinalists in Georgia
Kerala-style fried chicken at Cardamom Hill

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The semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today, and 12 Georgia chefs and restaurants made the cut! Perhaps the most prestigious honor in the culinary industry, the James Beard Awards celebrate restaurateurs, chefs, pastry chefs, bars, and restaurants around the country for outstanding service, food, and beverage programs. Local semifinalists include Cardamom Hill—which was named one of Bon Appetit’s 2012 Best New Restaurants in America—for Best New Restaurant, and Bacchanalia’s Anne Quatrano for Outstanding Chef.

The Georgia semifinalists:

Outstanding Service
Five & Ten (Athens)

Best Chef: Southeast
Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
Todd Richards, The Shed at Glenwood

Best New Restaurant
Cardamom Hill

Outstanding Bar Program
Holeman & Finch Public House
The Porter Beer Bar

Outstanding Chef
Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene

Outstanding Restaurateur
Ford Fry, Rocket Farm Restaurants (JCT Kitchen, No. 246, and The Optimist)
Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol

The James Beard finalists will be announced March 18. For more information and to view the full list of semifinalists, visit