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J Gold, Goin, & Cimarusti Among LA's James Beard Award Nominees

Nominee Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence doing a cooking demo (Photo by LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr">ExperienceLA via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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The annual James Beard Foundation Awards nominees have been announced, and Los Angeles has its typical modest representation among a large swath of categories that includes everything from food writing to restaurant design to TV food personalities to cooking.

Actual chefs working in Los Angeles are tremendous in their own right, but represent a meager percentage of the overall nominee pool, dwarfed almost ironically by the past Outstanding Chef winners from years past who have ties to Los Angeles and who will be participating in the May 3 awards ceremony as presenters (Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton and Rick Bayless).

The LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold has been served up a pair of nominations for his writing on food, as well as on cocktails, joined in one category by Los Angeles Magazine's Patric Kuh. Lucques' Suzanne Goin is up for Outstanding Chef, while two LA chefs are among the five nominees in the Pacific (California/Hawaii) region--Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza.

To see the complete list of nominees, check here. Congratulations to all!