Both Arnaud's French 75 Bar and Cure are semifinalists in the Outstanding Bar Program category, Donald Link is up for an Outstanding Chef award and Kelly Fields of Willa Jean is in the running for the Outstanding Pastry Chef award (not to be confused with the Outstanding Baker award, for which New Orleans had no semifinalists).
Cincinnati chef Jose Salazar is on that first semi-finalist list for the second year in the "Best Chef, Great Lakes", category. The category calls for "chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions".
Selected from a list of over 24,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations in ten different regions across the USA, to the nation's top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, rising star chefs, pastry chefs, and bakers.
Miami, however, was shut out of the Outstanding Bar Program, Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Outstanding Chef awards, though Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch) was nominated for an Outstanding Chef award for Locanda Verde in NY. Lomas was nominated past year in the same category.
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Also earning recognition this year: Elizabeth Degener of Cape May's Enfin Farms, a semifinalist for outstanding baker.
"It's always an honor to be recognized by the James Beard Foundation", said Charleston's co-owner Tony Foreman. The organization will announce the final restaurant and chef award nominees, along with media and restaurant design nominations, on Wednesday, March 15, in Los Angeles. The announcements are broadcast online via the Foundation's Facebook Live feed.
The highly anticipated James Beard Awards ceremony and gala reception will follow on Monday, May 1, 2016, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.