James Beard Award Nominees in the Neighborhood

The Academy Awards were held Sunday at the Kodak Theater, just about a mile north of our neighborhood, to honor the best in film.

Around the same time, the semifinalists were announced for the James Beard Awards, which are the Oscars of the restaurant world.  Some of these nominees are even closer to home – they are right here in our neighborhood.

Here are the nominees and their local connection:

For Outstanding Pastry Chef, one of the semifinalists is Dahlia Narvaez, of Osteria Mozza

For Outstanding Wine Service, one of the semifinalists is Peter Birmingham, of Hatfield’s

For Best Chef in the Pacific Region, semifinalists include Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal, Laurent Quenioux of Bistro LQ, and John Rivera Sedlar of downtown’s Rivera and the new restaurant Playa on Beverly Boulevard.

The award winners will be announced in May.

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