By: John Thompson, fosters.com
PORTSMOUTH – Seacoast diners and foodies have three things to appreciate in 2020′s James Beard Award semi-finalist announcements, including two recognitions in national categories.The Seacoast has had semi-finalists for nine of the last ten years. The annual honors are the U.S. culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Jay McSharry and the Black Trumpet Bistro have both taken some of national spotlight this year, the first time the Seacoast has had two nominees beyond the regional categories.
Chef David Vargas of Vida Cantina has received his second consecutive semi-finalist recognition for Best Chef in the Northeast, recognizing his adventurous take on modern Mexican food. The semifinalists will be pared down to a shortlist of nominees on March 25 ahead of the James Beard Gala Awards on May 4 at The Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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