Two Seattle chefs scored nominations for Best Chef Northwest, as announced this morning in an online ceremony streamed from Las Vegas: Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce and Jason Franey of Canlis will face Portland's Christopher Israel of Gruner, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast and Cathy Whims of Nostrana.
The region didn't fare as well in the newly-created Outstanding Bar Program category, for which Clyde Common and Zig Zag were announced semi-finalists. The nomination slots were claimed by Chicago's The Aviary and The Violet Hour; New York's Pegu Club and PDT and San Francisco's Bar Agricole.
The Beard journey also ended today for semi-finalists Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn; Renee Erickson of Boat Street Cafe; Ethan Stowell of Staple & Fancy Mercantile; Jason Stratton of Spinasse and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule. Canlis also failed to convert its semi-finalist status in the Outstanding Restaurant category into a nomination.
Other Seattle nominations included Tom Douglas for Outstanding Restaurateur, an award for which he nominated in 2008 and 2011. He last year lost to Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Maureen O'Hagan of The Seattle Times was nominated in the journalism division's Health & Well-Being category.