The final nominees for the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards have just been announced, and New Orleans has racked up 8 nominations for the Restaurant, Chef, and Restaurant Design awards and four local nominees in the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards. Legendary New Orleans chef and restaurateur Leah Chase will also receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Here are your local finalists:
Donald Link, Herbsaint
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Arnaud's French 75 Bar
Outstanding Wine Program
Best Chef South
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery
Slade Rushing, Brennan's
Isaac Toups, Toups' Meatery
Gravy, Tina Antolini
Jacques Pepin Saved My Life, Brett Martin for GQ
(The New) Broad Way, New Orleans, Rien Fertel for The Local Palate
Julia Reed for Garden & Gun
The James Beard Foundation will announce the winners of this year's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards at an event in New York City on April 26. The foundation will then announce the winners for this year's awards for Restaurant, Chef, and Restaurant Design on May 2 at a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
For a full list of finalists, head over to Eater.