COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
The 2018 James Beard Award finalists were announced Wednesday, and include nine New Orleans contenders.
The finalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards (www.jamesbeard.org
) were announced Wednesday, and include nine New Orleans contenders.
Last month, the foundation released its list of semifinalists
for this year's awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary and hospitality worlds. Winners will be announced May 7 at the annual James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago.
The full rundown of New Orleans nominees is below.
, Cochon, Herbsaint, Peche, Cochon Butcher
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kelly Fields, of Willa Jean
JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline
Outstanding Wine Program
Best Chef: South
Nina Compton, Compere Lapin
Kristin Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette
Slade Rushing, Brennan's