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More than a dozen New Orleans restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs named semifinalists in the James Beard Awards 

The James Beard Foundation has announced semifinalists for the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. The 21 award categories include more than a dozen New Orleans restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs. Final nominees will be announced March 15, and the 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards are April 26 in New York. The awards gala is May 2 in Chicago.

  The New Orleans semifinalists:

Best New Restaurant: Shaya

Outstanding Bar Program: Arnaud's French 75; Cure

Outstanding Chef: Donald Link (Herbsaint)

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Kelly Fields (Willa Jean)

Outstanding Restaurateur: JoAnn Clevenger (Upperline)

Outstanding Service: Brigtsen's; Restaurant August

Outstanding Wine Program: Commander's Palace

Best Chef, South: Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery); Michael Gulotta (MoPho); Slade Rushing (Brennan's); Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette); Isaac Toups (Toups' Meatery).

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