Solid showing for NOLA among 2015 James Beard Award semifinalists

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semifinalists for the 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards. New Orleans was well-represented with 12 nominations in all.

Donald Link earned a nod for Outstanding Chef while a whopping five locals were nominated for Best Chef in the South! However, New Orleans was shutout of Outstanding Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, and Rising Star of the Year.

Best New Restaurant is notable because Pêche Seafood Grill won the category last year.

The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees will be announced in New York City on March 24, 2015.

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held in Chicago on May 4, 2015.

Outstanding Chef:

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Best Chef: South:

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette, New Orleans

Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Kelly Fields, Restaurant August/Besh Restaurant Group, New Orleans

Outstanding Restaurateur:

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Outstanding Service:

Brigtsen’s, New Orleans

Restaurant August, New Orleans

Outstanding Bar Program:

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Cane & Table, New Orleans

Read the full list of nominees here.

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