Four Orlando Chefs Named Semifinalists in 2014 James Beard Awards

Jame's Beard 2014 Orlando Semifinalists 

(L-R) Chefs Julie and James Petrakis, Henry Salgado, Hari Pulapaka

Orlando's never-ending quest to please our guests has resulted in big kudos for the area's culinary industry. Four chefs from around Orlando have been named semifinalists in the 2014 James Beard Awards - the most out of any other city in Florida.

The Orlando semifinalists are:

Chef Norman Van Aken

Chef Norman Van Aken of Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando

The James Beard Foundation, the culinary industry's premier authority, made their semifinalist announcement at Orlando's East End Market on February 19 - the first time the announcement was made at a live event.

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Honoring Orlando's previously nominated chefs, a benefit dinner was held the night before at Winter Park's The Alfond Inn. The gastronomically advanced menu showcased the best in Orlando's culinary creativity and chef collaboration.

Chef Fonzo and Blake

Chefs Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon and Kevin Fonzo, K Restaurant

The region's year-round farming and proximity to the state's abundant fresh fish and seafood sources provide big benefits for local chefs who are showing our millions of annual visitors that Orlando is serious about food.

Chef Brandon McGlamery

Chef Brandon McGlamery of Luma on Park

Learn more about how the chefs behind Orlando's palate of creative menus are turning up the heat at our Orlando Dining Districts website.

Chef Hunnel Octopus Course 

You and your family are in for a treat because there is something for every food craving in Orlando. Just come hungry!

Chef Petrakis Smoked Rabbit Tortelli

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