TRUCKEE, Calif. - Campo's chef/owner Mark Estee is a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award in the category of Best Chef: West. Estee's company for the nomination includes 19 other noted chefs from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, including Top Chef Masters' contestant John Rivera Sedlar and renowned chef-owner Corey Lee.
The James Beard Awards recognize excellence across the food industry, including chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists across North America. They are considered the highest honor for food and beverage professionals.
Estee credits his continued success to his superb Campo team, including Chef Arturo Moscoso.
"Campo is dedicated to creating a food culture in Reno that rivals any large city in the U.S. and is honored to be a part of our city's ongoing redevelopment," said Estee. "Reno is on its way and we are proud to be an important part of the journey."
The list will be narrowed down to finalists and winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards dinner on Friday, May 3 in the heart of New York City. Tickets are available to the public and go on sale March 18.
Estee is former owner of Moody's Bistro and Lounge in Truckee. Estee's downtown Reno riverfront restaurant, Campo was recently named one of Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants in America for 2012.
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