Trio of chefs with Hilo ties are James Beard award semifinalists

SIMEON (courtesy photo)

HIRATA (courtesy photo)

POMASKI (courtesy photo)

Courtesy photos From left, chefs Mark Pomaski, Sheldon Simeon and Brian Hirata.

Three chefs with Hilo ties are among 13 people statewide named semifinalists for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Awards — deemed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine.