Beard Foundation names four Tampa establishments 2014 semifinalists

Four Tampa institutions and two more local restaurants nominated for Beard Foundation Awards.

Four Tampa culinary institutions placed as semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Awards announcement Wednesday in Orlando. 

Greg Baker of Tampa's Refinery and Chad Johnson of Sidebern's (who also serves as the Executive chef at the Epicurean's Elevage) were both named semifinalists for Best Chef: South. 

Cigar City Brewing's Joey Redner was nominated as the Outstanding Beer, Wine, or Spirit Professional. Redner is one of 20 people nationwide chosen, and one of the few breweries included. 

Bern's Steakhouse was one of 20 restaurants nominated for Outstanding Restaurant nationally (only restaurants open for more than 10 years qualified). 

The final awards will be announced May 5 in New York City. 

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