This morning the James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists in the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Over the next month, this "long list" will be paired down. On Wednesday, March 15, the finalists will be announced. The 2017 James Beard Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1. Congratulations to all the names and teams from the Lowcountry. Tune in next month to see how far they will go.
Here's the list of Charleston semifinalists:
Outstanding Chef: Mike Lata, FIG
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Cynthia Wong, Butcher & Bee
Outstanding Restaurateur: David Howard, Neighborhood Dining Group
Outstanding Wine Program: FIG, Charleston
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Company
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Shuai Wang, Short Grain
Best Chef: Southeast: Kevin Johnson, The Grocery
Eater has the entire list here.