James Beard Awards: Chefs Gary Danko, Michael Tusk Reach Semis

Also, Matthew Accarrino (SPQR), Nicolaus Balla (Bar Tartine), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), Corey Lee (Benu), Daniel Patterson (Coi) named semifinalists in a category stacked with culinary talent.

Michael Tusk - Quince - San Francisco

San Francisco has no less than 7 chefs duking it out in the James Beard Foundation semi-finalist category for ‘Best Chef in the West’.

Matthew Accarrino (SPQR), Nicolaus Balla (Bar Tartine), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), Corey Lee (Benu), Daniel Patterson (Coi) were named semifinalists today in a category stacked with culinary talent.

Other Chefs in Northern California reaching the semis include Michael Chiarello (Bottega) and Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood).

But that’s not all.

When it comes to best new restaurants, San Francisco also represents. Rich Table, and State Bird Provisions will battle top-runners from Atlanta, Santa Monica, Chicago, and NYC among other great culinary destinations for a spot in the finals.

In the prestigious “Best Chef” category, Gary Danko (Restaurant Gary Danko) and Michael Tusk (Quince) were short-listed. And David Kinch (Manresa) located South in Los Gatos also received a nod.

Organizers have announced that the 2013 James Beard foundation Award nominees will be revealed on March 18.

For video highlights of some of the James Beard-nominated Chefs in action, keep on scrollin’.

WATCH: Chef David Kinch Talks Truffles

WATCH: Michael Tusk in the Kitchen (3:15)

WATCH: Chef Michael Chiarello of Bottega talks it up on location (1:40)

WATCH: Dominque Crenn Battles Chefs Cosentino & Faulkner

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