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Home Cookin': Three Michigan Chefs Make James Beard Semi-Finals

February 18, 2015

By Travis Wright



Photo courtesy of Natasha Marin

The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit that serves the American culinary community. The annual James Beard Awards, often referred to as "the Oscar’s of the food world," recognizes chefs, wine pros, culinary writers, and community leaders.

The semi-finalists for “Best Chef” were just announced and as WDET’s Travis Wright reports, three Michigan chefs made the cut:

Among the annual awards handed out by the James Beard Foundation, Outstanding Restaurant and Rising Star Chef of the Year get the most buzz. But the organization also honors community leaders, such as the founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Malik Yakini, who won in 2012.

The brunt of the competition centers around regional Best Chef Awards. Right now hundreds of chefs are learning whether they made it to the semi-finals.

For the Great Lakes Region 20 chefs were named, most hailing from Chicago.

Two Detroit chefs are in the hunt. They’re Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard and Marc Djozlia of Wright and Company. Both are executive chefs from restaurants that opened in 2014. Myles Anton from Trattoria Stella in Traverse City is also a semi-finalist.

The winners will be announced on March 24th at the Beard House in New York City. I’m Travis Wright, WDET News.