Trevor Moran of Locust and Arnold Myint from International Market are among the Nashville-based semifinalists for the coveted James Beard Foundation Awards, honoring excellence in the restaurant industry. Also on the list are Kisser and D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe. Noted semifinalists in Tennessee include Daris Leatherwood of Supper Club on 2nd and Phillip Ashley Rix from Phillip Ashley Chocolates, both in Memphis.
Moran, Myint, and Leatherwood are all under consideration for Best Chef, Southeast, while Rix’s nod comes in the new Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker category. Kisser appears on the Best New Restaurant list and D’Andrews is up for Outstanding Bakery.
Though official James Beard Award nominations are revealed when the selection committee narrows the fields to finalists on Wednesday, April 3, appearing on the “long list” brings with it its own cache and recognition. A gala announcing the award winners is scheduled for Chicago on Monday, June 10.
Last year, just one Nashville chef, Josh Habiger of Bastion, was a finalist in the Best Chef, Southeast category, though Terry Koval of the Deer and the Dove in Decatur, Georgia, ultimately took home the prize.
Here’s the full list of chef and restaurant semifinalists.
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Arnold Myint has contributed to Eater Nashville.