Chefs from 229 Parks, Fire Island bakery snag prestigious James Beard award nominations

Two Alaska chefs were announced as semifinalists for the James Beard Awards on Wednesday, one of the food industry's highest honors.

Denali Park's Laura Cole of 229 Parks received her second nomination for "best chef: northwest" and Carlyle Watt of Anchorage's Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop received a nomination for "outstanding baker."

The James Beard Awards are often referred to as "the Oscars of food," and both categories the Alaskans are nominated in are competitive. Cole was nominated...

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