Skagit Valley Malting founder and chairman Wayne Carpenter has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Award, one of the food world’s top honors.
Carpenter was nominated in the outstanding wine, beer or spirits category. He said he was surprised and honored by the nomination.
“I’m flattered because the kind of people that are in it are the top in the industry,” Carpenter said. “For us to have an impact on that category is very encouraging.”
Carpenter is among 20 professionals nationwide nominated in the category.
Skagit Valley Malting, which was formed in 2010, is malting and germinating grains no one else can by using custom equipment. That means brewers and distillers can unlock new flavors, and bakers can produce food with more nutrients.
Finalists for the James Beard Awards will be selected March 15. Semifinalists were selected by a committee of critics, writers and editors after The James Beard Foundation received about 20,000 nominations.
The awards gala will take place May 2 in Chicago.
Skagit Valley Herald