Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jonny Hunter and L'Etoile nominated for Beard Awards

Jonny Hunter and L'Etoile nominated for Beard Awards

The list will be culled, and the finalists will be announced the morning of March 14 in a ceremony from Parc on Rittenhouse Square.

Saffron NOLA, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant developed by the Vilkhu family.

Saffron NOLA, the popular New Orleans Indian restaurant, has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in America, one of a long list of local restaurants and chefs in the list of nominees announced Thursday.

Twenty chefs were nominated in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category, which includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. That's pretty impressive, considering this is Glover's first gig as an executive chef and Annette is actually in Aurora, which doesn't exactly draw national attention for its high-end restaurant scene. The James Beard Awards given to chefs are broken down into categories, some based on region.

Mama's Fish House in Paia is nominated in one of the top categories, outstanding restaurant nationwide. Brigtsen's, owned and operated by chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife Marna, is nominated for best service.

James Beard Foundation Medal
James Beard Foundation Medal

A list of semifinalists have been selected from more than 20,000 online entries in 21 categories and in ten different regions of the United States, representing a wide range of culinary talent from best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, bakers, chefs and rising star chefs (aged 30 or younger).

The list of semifinalists is to sent to a panel of more than 600 judges from across the country. This year's crop of winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago.

Teresa's Next Door in Wayne is a semifinalist in the bar-program category.

Great food is the gift that New Orleans gives to itself, to its visitors, to anyone with an appreciative appetite.

Camille Cogswell of Zahav again is a semifinalist for rising star chef of the year; she made the finals last year.

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