The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the chef and restaurant categories of the 2010 James Beard Awards.

The semifinalists were selected by a panel of 400 judges out of 21,000 entries submitted online late in 2009. Finalists will be announced March 22 and winners will be selected at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on May 3. To download the complete list of semifinalists, click here.
Brookdale Senior Living, the largest owner and operator of senior living communities in the United States, launched the nationwide Ultimate Chef America competition for Brookdale professional chefs on Jan. 28 in Phoenix. In each city, two teams of four Brookdale chefs compete in a two-hour cooking competition focused on healthy cooking for seniors. The contest will make stops in five more U.S. cities during 2010.

The contest is open to Brookdale dining services managers, executive chefs, kitchen managers and cooks. All nominations will be reviewed by the divisional Ultimate Chef America nominating committee. Each divisional competition will be limited to eights chefs.

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