The James Beard Foundation announced its 2014 finalists
this morning in Chicago, and New Orleans chefs were largely shut out of the national categories, with the exception of Pêche Seafood Grill
, which is in the running for the nation's Best New Restaurant. The other nominees in that category include three New York City restaurants (Betony, Carbone and Estela) and San Francisco's Coqueta.
Chef John Besh
is a finalist in the category Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, while the beloved sno-ball stand Hansen's Sno-Bliz
received a nod in the category "America's Classics."
New Orleans did, however, clean up in the regional Best Chef: South category, which encompasses restaurants in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. Four of the five nominees were from the Crescent City: Justin Devillier
, La Petite Grocery
; Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill
; Alon Shaya
; and Sue Zemanick
(now with Ivy).
The Beard Foundation announced its 2014 semifinalists Feb. 19, with 14 nods to New Orleans restaurants, chefs and bar professionals. The Beard Awards are some of the highest honors in the American culinary world.
The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City May 2 and 5.