New Orleans finalists for 2018 James Beard Awards

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The 2018 James Beard Award finalists were announced Wednesday, and include nine New Orleans contenders. - COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
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  • 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.

Outstanding Chef
Donald Link, Cochon, Herbsaint, Peche, Cochon Butcher

Outstanding Bar Program
Cure 

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kelly Fields, of Willa Jean

Outstanding Restaurateur
JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline

Outstanding Wine Program
Bacchanal Wine

Best Chef: South
Nina Compton, Compere Lapin

Kristin Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette

Slade Rushing, Brennan's

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