Several New Orleans chefs and restaurants make the James Beard Semifinal List

It’s no surprise that New Orleans has a long list of culinary geniuses. Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its annual awards, and New Orleans chefs/restaurants made the list 18 times! 12 were for nationwide awards and 6 were for Best of the South. These awards are about as good as you can get in the culinary world.


Let’s check out who the New Orleans semifinalists are:


Best Chef: South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mississippi, and Louisiana)


Nina Compton of Compere Lapin


Michael Gulotta of MoPho


Slade Rushing of Brennan’s


Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig of Coquette


Isaac Toups of Toups’ Meatery


Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint


Outstanding Wine Program


Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits




Outstanding Bar Program


Arnaud’s French 75




Outstanding Pastry Chef


Kelly Fields of Willa Jean


Outstanding Service






Outstanding Restauranteur


JoAnn Clevenger of Upperline


Best New Restaurant


Turkey and the Wolf


Rising Star Chef (30 or younger)


Zachary Engel of Shaya


Martha Wiggins of Sylvain


Outstanding Chef


Donald Link of Herbsaint



The finalists will be named on March 15th, and the winners will be announced in Chicago on May 1st. In the meantime, get out there and enjoy the many talents that New Orleans has to offer. Your stomach will thank you!