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Utah food news: Forage chef a James Beard semifinalist

Published: 03/17/2015
By Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune -- Bowman Brown, chef and co-owner of Salt Lake City's Foragerestaurant, is once again a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry's most prestigious recognition program. Brown is one of 20 semifinalists nominated in the Best Chef: Southwest category, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. It's the fourth time he has made the prestigious list. He also was a semifinalist in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with restaurant co-founder Viet Pham, who no longer works in the Forage kitchen. On Tuesday, March 24, the foundation will announce the final nominees in 21 award categories, including best chef in 10 U.S. regions, top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants and rising star chefs. New in 2015, the foundation will give an award for outstanding baker. For a list of all the semifinalists, visit