POSTED Thu. Feb 20, 2014

Big ups to the Beard nominees.

Big ups to the Beard nominees.
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Kudos to all of the New Orleans chefs nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard Awards this year. As per normal, our city is dominating the competition; the numbers are especially impressive given our small demographics. Here are some noteworthy nods. Please note the following list does not include well-earned nods for bar programs (Cure and French 75), service (Brigsten’s – and I can personally attend to the stupendous service at this Riverbend outpost) and wine program (The Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel). All images courtesy of the restaurants and their social media pages.

1 Donald Link, Herbsaint

One of the founders of the latest wave of the Cajun culinary revival, Donald Link has received a nomination for Outstanding Chef for Herbsaint, his more Creole-centric downtown outpost.

2 Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery

After winning increased celebrity on the latest Top Chef, Devillier is getting a Beard nod for Best Chef: South for La Petite Grocery.

3 Ryan Prewitt, Peche Seafood Grill

Ryan Prewitt and the seafood-centric Peche have burst onto the city’s culinary scene, and Beard’s Best Chef: South nomination list. Peche also received a nomination for Best New Restaurant.

4 Alon Shaya, Domenica

The haute pizza and Italian at Domenica has consistently been lauded in the press; this is chef Alon Shaya’s second Beard nomination for Best Chef: South.

5 Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette

Another Best Chef: South nominee, Stoltzfus and Coquette are increasing the depth of Magazine St-based restaurants to the list.

6 Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's

It’s no big surprise to see Sue Zemanick or Gautreau’s – Zemanick already has three Beard nominations under her belt.

7 Isaac Toups, Toup's Meatery

Toup’s is bringing the first Beard nomination for a Mid-City restaurant, the eponymous Toups’ Meatery.


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