This year Tucson gets the nod for two James Beard chef semifinalist nominees and a restaurateur with roots and restaurants in Tucson.
The James Beard nomininees in Tucson are:
Janos Wilder for Janos restaurant. Janos has been nominated previously and actually is a Tucson James Beard winner.
Mark Ehrler for the Ventana Room at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Ehrler was nominated last year but didn’t make the finals.
Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts (think NoRTH, Montana Avenue, Wildflower, Sauce, Blanco, and Zinburger) has been nominated for outstanding restaurateur. Fox was nominated last year but didn’t make the finals.
In March, the list gets shorter and in May the winners are announced. Think of this as the Oscars for food excellence.
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