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Cured Chef Named Beard's Best of the Southwest Nominee

15 March 2018

From left to right: Mitchell Davis, James Beard Foundation; Ritch Landau, Vedge (nominee Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic); Camille Cogswell, pastry chef Zahav (nominee Rising Star Chef of the Year); Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation; Okan Yazici, General Manager Zahav (nominee Best Service); Michael Solomomov, chef/owner Zahav; Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality (nominee Best Restaurateur).

In addition to the "Best Chef: Midwest" shutout, neither St. Louis restaurant that was a semifinalist in a national category - Vicia for "Best New Restaurant" and Tony's for "Outstanding Service" - made the final cut.

One of the best chefs in the American South is in Miami.

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Ann Kim of Young Joni. Eligible candidates may be from any kind of dining establishment and must have been working as a chef for at least five years with the three most recent years spent in the region.

This isn't Christensen's first time being recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Milwaukee chefs captured the rest of the category: Karen Bell of Bavette and Justin Carlisle of Ardent.

Also in this year's Beard Award competition, Kelly Fields of Willa Jean is a finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

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The Deep Run resident, who hosts "A Chef's Life" on PBS, received a nomination for Outstanding Personality/Host and another for Video Webcast.

Book-wise, Sean Sherman gets a shout for his cookbook, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, which we at CP are noted fans of as well.

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The James Beard culinary winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago.

Cured Chef Named Beard's Best of the Southwest Nominee