Lori Tenny of Meetings Focus traveled to Orlando for the live press conference announcement Feb. 19 of the 2014 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program.

After the conference, George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, gave us his thoughts on the four Orlando chefs who were named 2014 semifinalists and why hosting the announcement is such a testament to the city’s exciting and eclectic culinary scene.