Gwen Fowler



Charleston chefs, restaurants in the running for James Beard awards

Posted 2/19/2014 9:57:00 PM

Two Charleston restaurants and four Charleston chefs are in the running for 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards

Sean Brock, executive chef of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston and Nashville, is one of 20 semifinalists to be named Chef of the Year.

Three Charleston chefs are semifinalists for Best Chef in the Southeast. They are Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery and Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

McCrady’s is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Service category, and FIG is a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program.

Brock is no stranger to the Beard awards program. This is the third straight year that he has been picked as a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, and he was one of five finalists for the award in 2013. He was the Best Chef in the Southeast in 2010, a nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2009 and nominated for Rising Star Chef in 2008 and 2009. Husk in Charleston was a semifinalist for best new restaurant in the 2011 competition.

This is the third year that Bacon has been a semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast, and the second year for Keeler. The Macintosh was one of 29 restaurants named semifinalists for Best New Restaurant in 2012.

Chef Mike Lata and business partner Adam Nemirow own FIG and The Ordinary, also in Charleston. Lata was Best Chef in the Southeast for 2009, and The Ordinary was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2013.

The Beard awards, considered one of the highest honors for professionals in the culinary industry, are sometimes called the Oscars of the food world.

From the semifinalists announced Feb. 19, the final nominations will be named on March 19. Nominations for the Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards also will be announced that day

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City on May 2 and 5.