James Beard Award Finalists Announced, Include Notable Minn. Chefs

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New Orleans chefs and restaurants have advanced in the competition for a James Beard Award, as the organization announced its 2018 finalists on Wednesday. The previous list of semifinalists was rich with Texan nominees out of Houston, Austin and even a two pitmasters (Norma Frances "Tootsie" Tomanetz of Snow's BBQ and Ronni Killen of Killen Steakhouse), and locally, first-time semifinalists Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli.

Yin first made her mark in the Philadelphia dining scene more than 20 years ago with the opening of Fork, a pivotal addition serving as the framework for much of Philadelphia's popular restaurants today.

In the national category of Outstanding Chef, Donald Link of Herbsaint, Cochon and Peche scored another nomination. Most recently Michael Solomonov was nominated as Outstanding Chef for his work at Zahav in 2017.

Upperline restaurant proprietor JoAnn Clevenger was nominated for outstanding restaurateur by the James Beard Awards.

Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb is a member of the James Beard Awards restaurant and chefs awards committee. The category is reserved for chefs aged 30 or younger.

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Katie Button of Nightbell in Asheville is a nominee for Best Chef of the Southeast. Both were finalists for this award a year ago.

Also in this year's Beard Award competition, Kelly Fields of Willa Jean is a finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Virginia's Foggy Ridge Cider is in the running for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.

The winners of all categories will be announced in Chicago on Monday, May 7.

You can find the full list of finalists here.