Charleston Tallies Seven James Beard Semifinalists

Earlier today, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for their 2017 Restaurant and Chef Award categories and, once again, Charleston was represented.

Here’s a look at the nominees from the Holy City:

  • Outstanding Chef
    • Mike Lata, FIG
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef
    • Cynthia Wong, Butcher & Bee
  • Outstanding Restaurateur
    • David Howard, Neighborhood Dining Group (Husk, McCrady’s, Minero, and more)
  • Outstanding Wine Program:
    • FIG (semifinalist for the third straight year)
  • Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
    • Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Company
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year
    • Shuai Wang, Short Grain
  • Best Chef Southeast
    • Kevin Johnson, The Grocery (semifinalist for the second straight year)

The finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 15th, with the winners being revealed on Wednesday, April 25th. You can view the entire list of semi-finalists here.

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