March 18, 2018

Here are the local nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards

14 March 2018, 08:14 | Israel Caldwell

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham Ala. is one of five finalists for the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for the most outstanding restaurant in America

For Best Chef Southwest (the region Texas is in), McHugh is joined by Austin's Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), as well as Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Santa Fe's Martín Rios (Restaurant Martín) and Denver's Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision). Pondicheri chef-owner Anita Jaisinghani had also been named a semifinalist.

It's a disappointing follow-up to the semifinalist announcement last month that included a record number of Houston chefs and restaurants, including first time semifinalists nominations for Ronnie Killen, Ryan Pera (Coltivare), Ross Coleman and James Haywood (Kitchen 713), and Trong Nguyen (Crawfish & Noodles).

Camille Cogswell, pastry chef at Zahav in Old City, was nominated for rising star chef.

Outstanding Service: San Francisco's iconic Zuni Cafe will go up against the city's Saison and three other US restaurants for the award that honors a business that "demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service".

Rights groups: PH withdrawal from ICC won't halt proceedings vs Duterte
In February, the ICC launched a preliminary inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte. However, the 72-year-old said that he is not planning to wait, and that the withdrawal would take place immediately.

One of the best chefs in the American South is in Miami. She was also a nominee past year. The category is reserved for chefs aged 30 or younger. Landau was nominated in the same category past year.

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Finalist Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's claim to fame is making the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that beat the best French white Burgundies at the Judgment of Paris in 1976. Ella Brennan, Martin's mother and Brennan's aunt, received the same honor in 1984 and received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

The winners will be unveiled at the foundation's annual gala May 7 in Chicago.

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