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These Are the 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists

In Food & Wine

 

By Maria Yagoda

James Beard Award season is officially in full swing. On Wednesday morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its eagerly anticipated list of semifinalistsfor the Restaurant and Chef categories. The news comes just days after the foundation announced the results of their efforts to increase transparency and inclusivity in the judging process. 

On March 27, the foundation will announce the final list of nominees, as well as nominees for the Media and Restaurant and Design Awards, and on May 6, winners will be announced at the 2019 James Beard Awards Gala, which will take place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Below, find the list of semifinalists.

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
 
Lindsay Autry, The Regional Kitchen & Public House, West Palm Beach, FL
David Bancroft, Acre, Auburn, AL
Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS
Bill Briand, Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, AL
Clay Conley, Buccan, Palm Beach, FL
Alex Eaton, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Jackson, MS
Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, PR
Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette, New Orleans
Maria Mercedes Grubb, Gallo Negro, San Juan, PR
Michael Gulotta, Maypop, New Orleans
Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf, New Orleans
Timothy Hontzas, Johnny’s Restaurant, Homewood, AL
Brad Kilgore, Alter, Miami
Niven Patel, Ghee Indian Kitchen, Miami
Matthew McClure, The Hive, Bentonville, AR
Alex Perry, Vestige, Ocean Springs, MS
Jeannie Pierola, Edison: Food+Drink Lab, Tampa, FL
Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans
Melissa Donahue-Talmage, Sweet Melissa’s Café, Sanibel, FL
Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans

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