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Three of 2019’s James Beard Awards Finalists are in Tennessee

None are from Nashville

Closeup on a silver medal featuring the face of James Beard. Around the edge of the medal, text reads “James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence.” James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation announced this morning the list of finalists for the 2019 awards — and while the city of Nashville got the snub, three chefs (representing just two restaurants) from the state of Tennessee did make the list. This “short list” of nominees honors the year’s outstanding restaurants, chefs, and food-centric journalism, books, and broadcast media.

Representing the state Tennessee on the short list are Cassidee Dabney from The Barn at Blackberry Farm and Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis are finalists for Best Chef: Southeast.

The James Beard Awards Gala, which also acknowledges the previously announced America’s Classics awards winners, is scheduled for Monday, May 6, in Chicago. Media awards winners will be revealed on Friday, April 26.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Winners in the book/television/journalism categories will be announced at a dinner in New York on April 26.