Weekly Top 5: James Beard Nominations in Nashville!
Around this time of year, every single year, my colleagues have come to expect a high pitched, annoying (and quite startling!!) SQUEAL of excitement emerge from my desk - that squeal represents the announcement of the James Beard Foundation Award nominations. Working so closely, day in and day out, with both chefs and restaurants shows me just how hard it is to make a restaurant function; it’s a never-ending gig that takes a special kind of person to execute, and executing it well is a whole other ballgame. So I absolutely revel in any opportunity that brings recognition and acknowledgement to all of that hard work. With that said, earlier this week (on Wednesday!!) the James Beard Foundation announced their long list of semifinalists for the 2019 awards...and Nashville has quite the presence. This year, Music City has five nominees from four different categories, three of which I am self-admittedly biased and just a little extra excited for.
So this week for our Weekly Top Five, we’d like to take a moment to honor all FIVE of Nashville’s James Beard Foundation Awards nominees!
This year’s semi finalists include:
1. Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality (The Catbird Seat, The Patterson House, Henrietta Red, Bastion, Pinewood, Merchants, Le Sel, Downtown Sporting Club) who were nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur
2. Josh Habiger of Bastion who was nominated for Best Chef (Southeast)
3. Julia Sullivan of Henrietta Red who was nominated for Best Chef (Southeast)
4. Margot McCormack, of Margot Café & Bar, who was nominated for Outstanding Chef
5. Philip Krajeck’s Folk, nominated for Best New Restaurant
Congratulations to all nominees and good luck advancing to the finals!
Note: This list will be narrowed down to a smaller list of five nominees per category on Wednesday, March 27. We await the results in anxious excitement!