The nominations are in and as usual, the James Beard Foundation has named some Vermonters among the semifinalists for its restaurant and chef awards.
Max MacKinnon, chef and co-owner at Pistou in Burlington (on the left, next to co-owner Maji Chien), found out that his two-month-old business was nominated for the country's best new restaurant when a friend from St. Louis Tweeted him congratulations. "We had no idea to expect it,"he says, still in shock. "I didn't even know [the nominations] were coming out today."
MacKinnon says he attended the New York awards ceremony as a guest last year, never imagining he might be there as a nominee this May. He'll find out on March 19, when finalists are announced. "It's a little crazy," he says. "I'm not even sure what to think about it. It's exciting."
And we're always glad when the Beard Foundation recognizes some of our favorites.