The 2012 James Beard semifinalists have been announced and sure enough Miami has made the list.
Several Miami chefs and restaurants got a nomination. Finalists will be announced in Las Vegas on March 19th.
The South Florida semifinalists are:
Best New Restaurant
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami Beach
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Miami
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professionals
Virginia Philip, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy, West Palm Beach
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jarrod Verbiak, db Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami
Best Chef: South
Clay Conley, Buccan, Palm Beach
Paula DaSilva, 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc, Miami Beach
Jeff McInnis, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach
Sergio Navarro, Pubbelly, Miami Beach
For a complete list of all semifinalists, click here.