The James Beard Foundation has announced the 2013 restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards (the "Oscars" of the food world, for those unfamiliar). The semifinalists were selected by a Restaurant and Chef Committee from over 44,000 online entries in 20 categories.
On March 18, the finalists will be announced. The finalists are determined by an independent volunteer panel (restaurant critics, food editors, past winners, etc.) of more than 600 judges from across the country. The panel votes on specific award categories to determine the final five nominees in each category. From there, the winners will be announced on May 6 at an awards ceremony held in New York's Lincoln Center.
Some awards have already been announced -- chef Emeril Lagasse was awarded this year's Humanitarian Award and chef Cecilia Chiang has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards.
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