NO chefs, restaurants advance in James Beard awards competition


Locally, the most competitive category is Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, where Centrolina's Amy Brandwein, Bad Saint's Tom Cunanan, and The Dabney's Jeremiah Langhorne are all vying for the title-alongside Baltimore's Cindy Wolf = and Richard Landau of Vedge in Philadelphia (and soon, Fancy Radish in DC).

Rhode Island's other semifinalists this year were Al Forno's Johanne Killeen for Best Chef in a national category and Champe Speidel of Persimmon.

New Orleans chefs and restaurants have advanced in the competition for a James Beard Award, as the organization announced its 2018 finalists on Wednesday. He has been nominated for the award four times in the past.

The James Beard Foundation has named Bobby Heugel's Anvil Bar & Refuge - the only Houston concept out of 12 previously announced semifinalists that included Xochi, Killen's Steakhouse and Coltivare - as a finalist for its 28th annual awards, according to a March 14 press release. Given out yearly, they ignite the culinary world, have the power to raise profiles and prices, and let the media know which chefs are on the rise.

Upperline restaurant proprietor JoAnn Clevenger was nominated for outstanding restaurateur by the James Beard Awards. Take a look at the full list of finalists here. Media awards will be announced April 27 in NY. At 27, she is an old hand at the nominations; she won a nod a year ago.

The Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson is nominated in the media categories for his investigation of sexual harassment at the Besh Restaurant Group.

The New York-based James Beard Foundation gives out scholarships, awards and grants that recognize culinary professionals and celebrate the country's food diversity. The last two winners for Northeast were from ME and NY.