The James Beard Foundation yesterday announced the winners for their 2018 awards, which included Charleston's FIG restaurant and pitmaster Rodney Scott.
After being a finalist for five straight years, FIG finally won the Outstanding Wine Program category. Morgan Calcote is the restaurant's wine director. FIG is co-owned by Chef Mike Lata and Adam Newmirow, who opened the restaurant in 2003.
Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott's BBQ won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. Not only was this Scott's first nomination in this category, he is also the first African-American to win it. Scott opened Rodney Scott's BBQ in downtown Charleston in 2017. He got his start and made is name at his family's restaurant Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway.