Casual restaurants and a wider variety of ethnic cuisines are featured more prominently on this year’s list of James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists, although the long list of 420 chefs, restaurateurs, restaurants and beverage professionals contains fewer newcomers than in previous years. Among the 208 new names on the list of 420 nominees — including 30 semifinalists for Best New Restaurant, all of which are new — are such casual restaurants as Uncle Boons and Pearl ...

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