New Orleans chefs, restaurateurs land several 2018 James Beard nominations

NEW YORK - MAY 04: James Beard medal of the the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Victor Spinelli/WireImage)

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans has made another big showing in the nominations for this year’s James Beard Awards.

The annual James Beard honors the country’s best chefs, restaurants, bars, authors and more. New Orleans has the following nominations:

  • Cure (Freret Street bar) – nominated for Outstanding Bar Program
  • Donald Link (owner of Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, Peche Seafood Grill and La Boulangerie) – nominated for Outstanding Chef
  • Kelly Fields (pastry chef at Willa Jean) – nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef
  • JoAnn Clevenger (owner of Upperline Restaurant) – nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur
  • Bacchanal (Bywater wine bar) – nominated for Outstanding Wine Program
  • Nina Compton (Compère Lapin) – nominated for Best Chef: South
  • Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette) – nominated for Best Chef: South
  • Slade Rushing (Brennan’s) – nominated for Best Chef: South
  • Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin (Co-Proprietors, Commander’s Palace) – Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees

Earlier this year, James Beard Foundation announced that Dong Phuong Bakery in New Orleans East had been honored as one of America’s Classics.

The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Winners will be announced at the Gala.