By Jessica Bryant, Managing Editor
Tonight marks the 25th Anniversary of the James Beard Foundation Awards. And for the first time in JBFA history, tonight's black-tie event will take place in Chicago. Known as the "Oscars of the food world," being nominated -- let alone making it to the semi-finalist round -- is a huge honor. As you can see here, the idea of what a chef is has evolved tremendously over the past 25 years. And those still on the JBFA list are vanguards helping to push the industry to the next level in different ways.
Still in the running to achieve the JBF Award for the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” category, presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, are 25 semi-finalists.
Below, we get to know five of them.Read More