Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

New Orleans chefs, restaurants (and bars) advance as James Beard Award finalists

New Orleans chefs, restaurants (and bars) advance as James Beard Award finalists

In the national category of Outstanding Chef, Donald Link of Herbsaint, Cochon and Peche scored another nomination.

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf of the Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group has again been named a James Beard Award finalist.

The James Beard Foundation Award is considered the top honor in the culinary world.

Winners in broadcast and cookbook categories will be announced on April 27 in New York City.

This is McHugh's third nomination for the award, considered the USA food industry's highest honor. This year featured a number of former winners, but also included some first-time nominees. Zingerman's is the only one of those semifinalists to be a finalist, Melody Baetens of The Detroit News.

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Philadelphia restaurant professionals were nominated in four categories at this year's nomination ceremony Wednesday at Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse.

For the fifth year, JoAnn Clevenger of Upperline Restaurant is up for Outstanding Restaurateur, an award the James Beard Foundations gives to "a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship".

New Orleans had seven semifinalists for this regional award.

The James Beard Foundation, which oversees the awards program, also announced that it will induct Commander's Palace proprietors Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin into its Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

Best New Restaurant: The Charter Oak in St. Helena is vying for this title against two Southern California restaurants (Kismet in Los Angeles, Felix Trattoria in Venice), one Seattle one (JuneBaby) and one NY one (Empellon Midtown).

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