LUMMI ISLAND - The chef at Willows Inn on Lummi Island is in the running for a James Beard Foundation Award, which recognizes the best chefs and restaurants throughout the country.
Blaine Wetzel is a semi-finalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award, along with 24 other chefs nationwide.
This is Wetzel's fourth straight time as a semi-finalist for the Rising Star award; he has been on the list since 2011.
Finalists for the restaurant and chef awards will be announced March 19, with the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala presented in early May.
The Willows Inn is closed until March. For more information, call 360-758-2620 or go online to willows-inn.com.