James Beard Foundation cuts Charleston chefs from awards list

By Ashley Barker
Published March 19, 2014

The James Beard Foundation’s best chef in the Southeast title will not belong to anyone from South Carolina this year.

Three Charleston chefs were named semifinalists in the best chef Southeast category — Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, and Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder — but none of them made the final nominations’ list.

The executive chef of McCrady’s Restaurant, Sean Brock, made the cut for the outstanding chef category.

Brock, who won the 2010 best chef Southeast title, will compete against Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York City; Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles; David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif.; and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in LA.

The nominees are chefs working in America whose careers have set national industry standards and who have served as inspirations to other food professionals, according to the James Beard Foundation. Candidates have worked as chefs for at least the past five years.

McCrady’s Restaurant, located at 2 Unity Alley in downtown Charleston, was included as a semifinalist in the outstanding service category. It also didn’t advance to the next level.

Fig, located at 232 Meeting St., was the only local restaurant to be included in the outstanding wine program group of final nominees. The restaurant’s wine list features 100 bottles under $100, according to its website.

Fig will compete for the wine title against A16 of San Francisco; Bar Boulud of New York City; The Barn at Blackberry Farm of Walland, Tenn.; and The Little Nell of Aspen, Colo.

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held May 2-5 in New York City.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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