Jonny Hunter and L'Etoile nominated for Beard Awards

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The nominees will be announced in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14 during a live-streamed event, and the 2018 James Beard Award Gala will take place in Chicago on Monday, May 7.

St. Louis' vegetable-forward restaurant Vicia located in the Central West End neighborhood was nominated for Best New Restaurant.

Brittanny Anderson, An Bui, Evrim Dogu and Evin Dogu were today all four named semifinalists for 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards.

In 2016, in Best Chef: Southwest Dallas has four chef nominations out of 20: Matt McCallister, FT33; Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An; David Uygur, Lucia; and Omar Flores, Casa Rubia.

Kelly Fields, pastry chef and partner in Willa Jean café and bakery, is back for the fourth year as a nominee for this national award.

A few other Carolinas nominations are surprising: The Best Chef: Southeast list also includes Sam Jones, of Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott's BBQ in Charleston, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani in Asheville, Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery in Charleston and (not surprisingly) Vivian Howard of the Chef & The Farmer in Kinston. In 2017, 11 New Orleans chefs, bars and restaurants were named James Beard Award finalists.

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Also, on the Best Chefs:South semifinalist list is Bill Briand, who works at Fisher's in Orange Beach, Florida.

Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint.

Each year, New Orleans chefs, bartenders, restaurants and bars usually figure prominently in the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Bacchanal, the wine shop that morphed into a wine bar, wine garden and unique oenophile oasis in the Bywater, is nominated alongside more traditional restaurants around the country. FIG is owned by Mike Lata.

Leah Wong Ashburn, of Highland Brewing Co., has been nominated in the Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional category. This accolade is considered for a chef age 30 or younger who is making an impact on the industry.