Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Co-owner of Lawrence’s 1900 Barker named James Beard semifinalist

Taylor Petrehn operates 1900 Barker Bakery and Cafe, 1900 Barker Ave.

Taylor Petrehn operates 1900 Barker Bakery and Cafe, 1900 Barker Ave.

February 15, 2017


The James Beard Foundation on Wednesday announced its Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for this year's 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, and one Lawrence baker is on the list.

Taylor Petrehn, who co-owns Lawrence's 1900 Barker with his brother Reagan, has been named one of 20 semifinalists in the "Outstanding Baker" category. The eastern Lawrence bakery and cafe, at 1900 Barker Ave., specializes in naturally leavened breads, seasonal pastries and handcrafted coffee. Petrehn, a graduate of Johnson County Community College's culinary program, opened 1900 Barker with his younger brother in 2015.

As a James Beard semifinalist, Petrehn joins a "prestigious" group of chefs and food-industry professionals from across the country in the honor, selected from a list of more than 24,000 online entries, according to a press release.

The James Beard Foundation Awards, for those not in the know, have long been considered the "Oscars of the food world." Final nominees, to be determined by a nationwide panel of 600 judges, will be announced March 15. The same panel of judges will then name the winners in each category on April 25. For more information on this year's awards, including a full list of semifinalists, visit


James Roper 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats to Petrehn. But, just as a question of style, why is the word "prestigious" in quote-y marks?

I ask in part because I shot the cover of a magazine that won a JBF journalism award in 2015 (The India Issue, Saveur Magazine), and maybe I'm a simple Kansas rube, but it seemed genuinely prestigious at the time.

Nick Gerik 1 year, 1 month ago

Hi, James. Sorry for any confusion. We were quoting directly from the press release. I've added the missing attribution.

— Nick Gerik, LJW digital editor

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