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Thursday, February 15, 2018

James Beard Awards semi-finalists announced

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 11:41 AM

The 2018 James Beard Awards semi-finalists were announced Thursday, and include several New Orleans contenders. - COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
  • COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
  • The 2018 James Beard Awards semi-finalists were announced Thursday, and include several New Orleans contenders.

The James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards. The list for the prestigious awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary and hospitality worlds, will be reduced to just finalists on March 14. Winners will be announced May 7 at the annual James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago.

As in previous years, New Orleans restaurants, bars and restaurateurs have a strong showing in the list, including the Best Chef: South category, which this year includes eight semi-finalists.

Below are all of the New Orleans' contenders:

Best New Restaurant:
Saffron NOLA

Outstanding Bar Program:
Cure

Outstanding Chef:
Donald Link

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Kelly Fields, Willa Jean

Outstanding Restaurateur:
JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline

Outstanding Service:
Brigtsen’s

Outstanding Wine Program:
Bacchanal Wine

Best Chef: South
Nina Compton, Compere Lapin
Kristin Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette
Michael Gulotta, Maypop, MoPho
Slade Rushing, Brennan’s
Hieu Than, Kin
Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery
Martha Wiggins, Sylvain (the restaurant group announced earlier this year that Wiggins will be departing the French Quarter restaurant soon).

For the full list of national nominees, click here.

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