The finalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a live broadcast streamed from Philadelphia's own Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse. The previous list of semifinalists was rich with Texan nominees out of Houston, Austin and even a two pitmasters (Norma Frances "Tootsie" Tomanetz of Snow's BBQ and Ronni Killen of Killen Steakhouse), and locally, first-time semifinalists Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli. This is the seventh time she's made it to the finalist round.
Four St. Louis chefs were among the "Best Chef: Midwest" semifinalists the Beard Foundation announced last month: Ben Grupe of Elaia, Lona Luo of Lona's Lil Eats, Mike Randolph of Privado and Ashley Shelton of Sardella.
Zahav is nominated for Outstanding Service, though this is far from the restaurant's first James Beard recognition. Ella Brennan, Martin's mother and Brennan's aunt, received the same honor in 1984 and received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected as the President of Nepal
She won the by-election from Kathmandu-1 defeating the former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai of Nepali Congress. CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in parliament and 108 in provincial assemblies, which account for 10,319 votes.
The James Beard Foundation, which oversees the awards program, also announced that it will induct Commander's Palace proprietors Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin into its Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America. Brown was nominated as Best Chef: Midwest in 2017, Kaysen and Kim are newcomers to the list of finalists. Both were finalists for this award previous year. Christensen is the only new name in the category; Link and Hamilton were finalists past year.
Media winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 27, and the restaurant winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7. Virginia's Foggy Ridge Cider is in the running for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.