02/21/2012 08:47 pm ET Updated Mar 22, 2012

James Beard Awards 2012 Semifinalists Announced: San Francisco Dominates List (PHOTOS)

Well, food fans, the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists are in. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the Bay Area contribution is heavier than outlawed foie gras.

What might be more surprising is that, though the list is rife with familiar names (Gary Danko, Charles Phan, Chris Cosentino), it has also given a proper nod to worthy up-and-comers like Park Tavern and Mission Chinese Food.

As Inside Scoop reported, 2012 was also the first year of the Outstanding Bar Program (a long-overdue addition, if you ask us), and the semifinalists include Bar Agricole and Beretta.

Check out all of our local semifinalists in the slideshow below. And for a full list of semifinalists, check out the listing on