Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com) was nominated for Best New Restaurant and Donald Link of Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave., 504-524-4114; www.herbsaint.com) as Outstanding Chef in the finals of the 2016 James Beard Awards, which were announced March 15 in San Francisco. New Orleans had 14 nominations in the semifinals.
Other New Orleans finalists included Arnaud's French 75 (813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com) and Cure (4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; www.curenola.com) for Outstanding Bar Program, and Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com) for Outstanding Wine Program.
Three of the finalists in Best Chef: South are from New Orleans: Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com) and Balise (640 Carondelet St., 504-459-4449; www.balisenola.com), Slade Rushing of Brennan's New Orleans (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com) and Isaac Toups of Toups' Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999).
Two local food writers were nominated in the category of Personal Essay: Brett Martin, for "The Chef Who Saved My Life" (GQ) and Rien Fertel for "(The New) Broad Way, NOLA" (The Local Palate).
As was reported earlier this year, Dooky Chase's (2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600; www.dooky- chaserestaurant.com) legendary chef, Leah Chase, will receive the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards will take place in New York April 26. The awards gala will be held May 2 in Chicago. — KEVIN ALLMAN