The James Beard Foundation dropped its list of semifinalists in the 2019 Restaurant and Chef Awards this morning. After the judges and committee members vote, this long list is narrowed down to five finalist nominees per category — announced on Wednesday, March 27. The James Beard Awards Gala, where the previously announced America’s Classics winners are also acknowledged, is scheduled for Monday, May 6. Media awards winners will be unveiled on Friday, April 26.
Below, the small list of Nashville semifinalists. Congratulations to all the names and teams from Music City.
Here’s the list of Nashville semifinalists:
Best New Restaurant: Folk
Outstanding Chef: Margot McCormack, Margot Café & Bar
Outstanding Restaurateur: Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality, Nashville (The Catbird Seat, The Patterson House, Henrietta Red, and others)
Best Chef (Southeast): Josh Habiger, Bastion
Best Chef (Southeast): Julia Sullivan, Henrietta Red, Nashville
Other semifinalists representing Tennessee include Rebecca Barron, St. John’s Restaurant, Chattanooga, TN , Cassidee Dabney of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, (Best Chef: Southeast).
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.