Jose Salazar, chef and owner of Mita's
, is the only Ohio chef to be named as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award
He's nominated in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, specifically for his work at Mita's. Award nominees will be announced on March 15; you can follow the nominations in real-time on Facebook Live
Salazar started off his career as the executive chef at The Palace, then moved to Abigail Street to work for fellow chef and restaurateur Daniel Wright. He opened Salazar in 2013, and Mita's in 2015.
See the full list of James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef semifinalists here