Refinery Chef Comes Up Short in Bid for James Beard Foundation Award
Greg Baker of the Seminole Heights restaurant wasn't among the list of semifinalists in the "Best Chef: South" category.
The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for its 2012 awards recognizing America's top chefs, and Greg Baker of Seminole Heights' The Refinery didn't make the cut.
Johnson, announced last month as a nominee for the prestigious culinary honor, wasn't among the five finalists for the "Best Chef: South" award who were announced Monday.
Johnson wasn't the only Tampa-area nominee who got snubbed. Chad Johnson of South Tampa's SideBern's also missed the cut in the same category, and Richard Gonzmart of Ybor City's famed Columbia Restaurant fell short in the "Outstanding Restaurateur" category.
See the attached PDF for a complete list of semifinalists.