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4 of 5 James Beard finalists from NOLA

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4 of 5 James Beard finalists from NOLA

Probably no surprise but 4 of the 5 James Beard finalists for Best Chef South are from New Orleans restaurants. Justin Devillier, Le Petite Grocery; John Harris, Lilette; Tory McPhail, Commanders Palace; and Alon Shaya, Domenica. The fifth was from the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.

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But wait, Jim , there’s more:

there are some other NOLA connections in other JBF award categories......

I recognized two chefs nominated for Best Chef in other regions as having NOLA pedigrees, there may be others...

Best Chef/Great Lakes:

Anne Kearney

Rue Dumaine

Dayton, OH

Anne was the superb chef at Peristyle (on Dumaine St.) who also worked with Emeril and at the Hotel Maison de Ville. She returned to her native Ohio the year before “the storm”.

Best Chef/Southeast:

Linton Hopkins

Restaurant Eugene

Atlanta

He did stints at Mr. B’s and the Windsor Court

and then...

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Sue Zemanick

Gautreau’s

Outstanding Chef

Donald Link

Book Awards/General Cooking:

John Besh

My Family Table

Journalism/Environment, Food Politics, and Policy

Brett Anderson

The Times-Picayune

“New Orleans Family Oyster Company Sees Only Dark Days

Ahead,” “One Year After Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Collins Family

Tries to Hang Onto 90-Year-Old Oyster Business

Outstanding Wine Program

Emeril’s New Orleans

and last, but not least, an “America’s Classics” nominee from your neck of the woods:

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

219 West Louisiana St., Marianna, AR

Owners: James and Betty Jones

(Yep, I’ve been there!!)

Edited: 30 March 2012, 04:36
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2. Re: 4 of 5 James Beard finalists from NOLA

NOLA is well represented in the 2012 JB Awards.

jamesbeard.org/sites/…2012-jbf-nominees.pdf

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