Three Connecticut Chefs Named Semifinalists For James Beard Awards

Special To The Courant

The James Beard Foundation has announced its semifinalists for its 2015 restaurant and chef awards, considered the culinary equivalent of the Oscars. From an original list of 34,000 original entries nationwide, three nominees from Connecticut remained in contention, all in the Best Chef: Northeast category.  The semifinalists are: 

>>Tyler Anderson, chef-owner of Millwright’s in Simsbury. Millwright’s, located in the Hop Brook Mill, is a worthy setting for Anderson’s creative New England cooking. Before venturing out on his own, Anderson was the executive chef at The Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton.

>>Bill Taibe, famous for his “in-your-face” approach to flavor as chef-owner of LeFarm, The Whelk and Kawa Ni in Westport. Before that, Taibe made his mark in such eateries as Napa & Co. in Stamford and Relish in Norwalk.

>>Joel Viehland, chef of sustainably conceived, designed and operated Community Table in Washington, devoted to creative seasonal cooking.

Final nominees will be announced on March 24 during a press breakfast at the James Beard House. Winners will be announced during the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony & Gala Reception at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. Information:

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