A local chef and baker have been named semifinalists for the 2016 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Kris Komori, chef de cuisine at State & Lemp, 2870 W. State St., has been nominated in the category of Best Chef: Northwest. Not far away on State Street, Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas, co-owner and pastry chef at Janjou Pâtisserie, 1754 W. State St., has been nominated for the Outstanding Baker award.
Created in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards are sometimes referred to as the Oscars of food. This year’s final nominees will be revealed on Tuesday, March 15. The winners will be announced May 2 at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago.
Boise also had two semifinalists last year. The Modern Hotel and Bar’s chef Nate Whitley was nominated for Best Chef: Northwest, while Michael Runsvold of Garden City’s Acme Bakeshop was a semifinalist for Outstanding Baker.