Bowman Brown, chef and co-owner of Salt Lake City's Forage restaurant and Dave Perkins, owner of High West Distillery in Park City, are semifinalists in 2014 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 that includes chefs from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
Perkins is one of 20 nominated in the "outstanding wine, spirits or beer professional" category, with experts from around the country.
The Foundation will announce the finalist in each of the 20 restaurant and chef categories on March 18. The winners will be named May 5 at a ceremony in New York City.