The James Beard food awards recognizes New Orleans chefs.
The James Beard award are like an Oscar in the food world. The list of nominees were released on Monday and celebrated with a special ceremony at the Palace Cafe.
The nominees for the best chef in the south are Lilette’s John Harris and Stella!’s Scott Boswell.
Rising star chef of the year award category goes to Sue Zemanick of Gautreau’s .
Nominated for their cookbooks are two of New Orleans prominent chefs, John Besh and his My New Orleans cookbook, and Cochon’s Donald Link for his book Real Cajun.
And if that wasn’t enough, more Louisianian’s receive recognition by being inductees to the James Beard ” Who’s Who of Food& Beverage In America”. Kudos goes to Leah Chase, of the world renowned Dooky Chase restaurant; Paul C. P. McIlhenny, president and CEO, McIlhenny Co. (makers of Tabasco); Susan Spicer, chef/owner of Bayona and Jessica B. Harris, author/historian and folklore scholar at Dillard University.
Awards ceremonies will be held in New Your this May.