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James Beard Foundation semifinalists have New Orleans flavor

James Beard Foundation announces award semifinalists. (Source: James Beard Foundation) James Beard Foundation announces award semifinalists. (Source: James Beard Foundation)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists on Thursday.

New Orleans and Louisiana are once again well-represented in several categories.

Best New Restaurant
Saffron

Outstanding Restaurateur
JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline

Outstanding Chef  
Donald Link, Herbsaint

Outstanding Pastry Chef  
Kelly Fields, Willa Jean 
 
Outstanding Bar Program  
Cure

Outstanding Service 
Brigtsen's

Outstanding Wine Program  
Bacchanal 
Lucky Palace of Bossier City 
 
Best Chefs: South
Nina Compton, Compère Lapin 
Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette 
Michael Gulotta, Maypop
Slade Rushing, Brennan's 
Hieu Than, Kin
Isaac Toups, Toups' Meatery
Martha Wiggins, Sylvain 
Manny Augello, Bread & Circus Provisions in Lafayette. 

Finalists will be announced on March 14. The awards gala will take place on May 7.

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