There's still another round of voting before the James Beard awards are handed out, but several local chefs are in the running for now. Animal, Palate and the Bazaar are all nommed for best new restaurant. Travis Lett from Gjelina and Evan Funke from Rustic Canyon are semi-finalists for best new chef. Suzanne Goin of Lucques is the only L.A. outstanding chef nominee, though, and no L.A. restaurants for outstanding restaurant.
Do you agree with the best service nomination for Campanile?
Were we robbed? Does L.A. have a restaurant that should be in competition with the likes of N.Y.'s Babbo and Jean Georges or S.F.'s Boulevard?
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, above