Beard House Blues: One Colorado finalist
It was a rough year for Colorado chefs (and writers) in this year's James Beard awards. The finalists were announced this morning -- and our white jackets just got spanked.
A handful of Coloradans had made the semi-finalists list. Frank Bonanno (above) got tapped for Best Restaurateur. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom from Duo got a bump for Best Pastry. Alex Seidel from Fruition was named a semi-finalist in Best Chefs --Southwest, alongside Mark Fischer from Six89 in Carbondale, Ryan Hardy from Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen and Kelly Liken from Vail.
The only one who pulled out a nod in the finals, though? Hardy. He stands as Colorado's sole representative in this year's chef awards. The winners will be announced in early May.