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Here Are Your 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalists for New Orleans

Donald Link, Kelly Fields, JoAnn Clevenger, Shaya & more.

Today brings the announcement of the 2016 James Beard Award semifinalists for restaurants and chefs—€” that is, the lengthy list of nominees that will be narrowed down to a much shorter list of finalists next month.

Here are the locals who made the cut:

Outstanding Chef: Donald Link, Herbsaint

Best New Restaurant: Shaya

Outstanding Bar Program: Arnaud's French 75 Bar; Cure

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Kelly Fields, Willa Jean

Outstanding Restaurateur: JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline

Outstanding Service: Brigtsen's; Restaurant August

Outstanding Wine Program: Commander's Palace

Best Chef South: Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery; Michael Gulotta, MoPho; Slade Rushing, Brennan's; Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette; Isaac Toups, Toups' Meatery

Scope out the full list of semifinalists at

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