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Detroit Chefs & Restaurants Named Semifinalists for 2017 James Beard Awards

Katoi is being considered for the Best New Restaurant category

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

The James Beard Foundation has released its long list of semifinalists, recognizing culinary achievement across the country. Several Detroit-area chefs and restaurants were given nods, though it's important to remember that this is the “long list” of nominees.

Here’s the full list of nominees. Among the local highlights: Katoi is being considered for the Best New Restaurant category. Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie is a potential nominee for Outstanding Baker. Standby is being considered in the Outstanding Bar Program category. Additionally, plenty of local chefs are in the running for Best Chef: Great Lakes, including James Rigato (Mabel Gray), Andy Hollyday (Selden Standard), and Nick Janutol (Forest). Both Hollyday and Janutol were considered for the category in 2016.

Semifinalists were selected from a list of 24,000 online entries. The finalists will be revealed March 15, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 1 in Chicago.

Here Are the 2017 James Beard Awards Restaurant & Chef Semifinalists [E]


2520 Michigan Avenue, , MI 48216 (313) 855-2864 Visit Website


735 Forest Avenue, , MI 48009 (248) 258-9400 Visit Website

Selden Standard

3921 2nd Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 438-5055 Visit Website

Sister Pie

8066 Kercheval Avenue, , MI 48214 (313) 447-5550 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website