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Why no James Beard awards for Tampa Bay? It's complicated

April 29, 2014

For the first time in eight years, Florida has no finalists in the competition, although Tampa fared especially well in the semifinals: Greg Baker of the Refinery and Chad Johnson of SideBern's each were nominated in the Best Chef: South category, Joey Redner of Tampa's Cigar City Brewing received a nomination for Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional, and Bern's Steak House was nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category. The rest of Florida received a total of five semifinalist nominations.