Congrats to these SC chefs, restaurants nominated for 2018 James Beard Awards

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Downtown institution Tony's is a semifinalist for "Outstanding Service", another nationwide category. Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner in Raleigh is up for the national award Outstanding Chef and David Bauer of Farm & Sparrow in Asheville is on the list for Outstanding Baker. Chosen from a list of more than 20,000 online entries, the semifinalists in 21 categories represent culinary talent in 10 regions in the U.S. Florida belongs in the Best Chef South category, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, Louisiana and Mississippi. According to the Foundation, awards are given in more than 50 categories, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Bar and Wine Program. The finalists will be revealed at on March 14, with the winners being announced on May 7 at the James Beard Awards Gala. Curiously, Cerulean closed in December after five years at The Alexander Hotel.

"A great honor been nominated for a James [Beard] Award", Rojas posted on Facebook today.

Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road (The Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse, The Oak Table, Indaco, and others), nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur.

This is Randolph's third consecutive year as a semifinalist in the Midwest category. Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson is on the list for Best Chef: Southeast.

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Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint.

Engel left Shaya Restaurant a few months later as part of a shakeup at the Uptown restaurant, which is part of BRG Hospitality, formerly the Besh Restaurant Group.

At 9:30 this morning (February 15), the foundation will be announcing Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist nominees live on its Twitter feed. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. This nomination is the fifth time Oakley has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, twice as a Rising Star Chef nominee, and twice as a Best Chefs in America semifinalist in 2008 and 2011.