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James Beard Award finalists announced

Nine New Orleans chefs and restaurants up for awards



The James Beard Foundation ( announced finalists for its annual culinary and hospitality awards. The list includes nine New Orleans nominees. Winners will be announced May 7 in Chicago.

  Donald Link (, the chef and owner behind Cochon, Herbsaint, Peche and other restaurants, is nominated for Outstanding Chef. Kelly Fields of Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334; is nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Nominees for Best Chef: South include Nina Compton of Compere Lapin (Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119;, Slade Rushing of Brennan's (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711; and Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette (2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421;

  JoAnn Clevenger of Upperline Restaurant (1413 Upperline St., 504-891-9822; is nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur. Cure (4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; is nominated for Outstanding Bar Program.

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