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The James Beard Foundation Tuesday announced the finalists for its annual awards, which recognize excellence in the culinary world. This year, a number of area individuals are named.
On the national level, Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and more is among the nominees for outstanding restaurateur. This award recognizes “a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship.” Lynch is up against Donnie Madia of Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican), Cindy Pawlcyn of Napa Valley, Calif. (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen), Caroline Styne of Los Angeles (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern), and Phil Suarez of New York (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50).