Cape May Point Red Store Chef a James Beard Semifinalist

Cape May Point, NJ -  Amazing news from The Red Store in Cape May Point.  Chef and restaurant owner Lucas Manteca has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef, Mid Atlantic Region.

Restaurant critics, writers, and editors whittled down the thousands of entries to a semifinalist list in each category. Another round of voting  will determine the five ultimate nominees. Those finalists will be announced March 19.

Manteca is up against 19 chefs from cities like Washington, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

He said in an email yesterday that just being named a semifinalist is “good enough for our little Red Store.”

Manteca said he was the “happiest man on earth today.”

The Red Store has become known among local foodies for its innovative approach to both food and dining, focusing heavily on local food.  Manteca started a Supper Club last fall and is currently serving Sunday brunch by reservation, until the restaurant opens later this season.

Here is the complete list of Mid Atlantic Semifinalists:

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton, NJ
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ
Pierre Calmels, Bibou, Philadelphia
Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate, Washington, D.C.
Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
Lee Gregory, The Roosevelt, Richmond, VA
Haidar Karoum, Proof, Washington, D.C.
Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia
Lucas Manteca, The Red Store, Cape May Point, NJ
Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.
Justin Severino, Cure, Pittsburgh
Bryan Sikora, La Fia, Wilmington, DE
Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia
Lee Styer, Fond, Philadelphia
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.
Angelo Vangelopoulos, The Ivy Inn Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

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