Did James Beard Overlook Las Vegas Kitchens?

Once again—and in spite of the amazingly diverse and imaginative restaurant activity both on Strip and off—Las Vegas has been slighted by the New York-centric James Beard Foundation with regard to the culinary organization’s annual awards. And while it is commendable that they have singled out Picasso for both Best Wine Service and Outstanding Chef (Julian Serrano); Raku’s Mitsuo Endo for Best Chef West; and Rao’s Nicole Grimes in the Rising Star category, I’d say the Beard people have once again missed the boat. In fact, they’ve actually missed the entire pier.

Here’s the full list of 2013 semi-finalists. Nominees will be announced March 18, with the awards handed out at a gala in New York May 6.

Readers, what do you think? Did other Las Vegas restaurants deserve to get the nod? Tell us in the comments section below.