Chefs B.J. Lieberman, Avishar Barua named James Beard semifinalists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — A pair of Columbus chefs have received one of the restaurant industry’s highest honors.

The James Beard Foundation Wednesday announced the 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists. Two Columbus chefs and restaurateurs made the list for the Great Lakes Region: Avishar Barua for Joyas in Worthington and B.J. Lieberman for Chapman’s Eat Market in German Village.

Semifinalists are chosen after an open call for entries from the public. Those recommendations are reviewed and considered by a subcommittee and then voted on by a panel of expert judges.

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