Several North Bay restaurants and restaurateurs have been nominated as semifinalists in the James Beard Awards, a prestigious national recognition in the food and beverage industries.

More than 44,000 entries were submitted from around the country, according to the New York-based James Beard Foundation ( Semifinalists were selected across 20 categories and in 10 geographic areas.

Finalists will be announced March 18; and winner, in early May.North Bay semifinalistsBest Chef: West

Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. HelenaMichael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville

Outstanding RestaurantTerra, St. HelenaOutstanding RestaurateurMark Stark and Terri Stark, Stark Reality Restaurants (Willi’s Wine Bar, Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar, Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, etc.), Santa Rosa and HealdsburgOutstanding ServiceThe Restaurant at Meadowood, St. HelenaOutstanding Wine ProgramPress, St. HelenaOutstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer ProfessionalJohn and Kathe Dyson, Williams Selyem Winery, HealdsburgMerry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, SebastopolTed Lemon, Littorai Wines, SebastopolDuncan Meyers and Nathan Roberts, Arnot-Roberts, Healdsburg

San Francisco semifinalistsBest New RestaurantRich Table, San FranciscoState Bird Provisions, San FranciscoOutstanding Bar ProgramThe Abbot’s Cellar, San FranciscoBar Agricole, San FranciscoOutstanding ChefGary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San FranciscoMichael Tusk, Quince, San FranciscoOutstanding Pastry ChefMelissa Chou, Aziza, San FranciscoWilliam Werner, Craftsman and Wolves, San FranciscoOutstanding RestaurantForeign Cinema, San FranciscoGreens Restaurant, San FranciscoThe Slanted Door, San FranciscoOutstanding ServiceMichael Mina, San FranciscoQuince, San FranciscoOutstanding Wine ProgramA16, San FranciscoNopa, San FranciscoRising Star Chef Of The YearDanny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco and NYCThomas McNaughton, Flour + Water, San FranciscoBest Chef: WestMatthew Accarrino, SPQR, San FranciscoNicolaus Balla, Bar Tartine, San FranciscoChris Cosentino, Incanto, San FranciscoDominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San FranciscoMourad Lahlou, Aziza, San FranciscoCorey Lee, Benu, San FranciscoDaniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco