Well, we had four names on the James Beard longlist (see here
), but only one has moved forward to the nominee round.
Earlier today, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2016's James Beard Award nominees and neither The Grocery's Kevin Johnson nor The Macintosh and Oak's Jeremiah Bacon made the nominee list for Best Chef Southeast.
The same was the case for Charleston Grill. GM Mickey Bakst's team had made the James Beard longlist for Outstanding Service, but will not continue on to the final awards.
However, FIG has been nominated for Outstanding Wine Program for a second year and now faces off against Seattle's Canlis, Tampa's Bern's Steak House, New Orleans' Commander's Palace, and Chicago's Sepia restaurant.
And we'd be remiss in excluding four-time Outstanding Chef nominee Sean Brock. Though he's made the cut for his work at Husk Nashville, we'll still claim the part-time Charlestonian. Brock's co-nominees include Suzanne Goin, Donald Link, Michael Solomonov, and Michael Tusk.
The foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism nominees were also announced today and local Southern mag, Garden & Gun received two nods: one for Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication and another for the American category for The Southerner's Cookbook.
The 2016 James Beard Award winners for Book, Broadcast & Journalism will be announced on April 26 t Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The Restaurant and Chef awards will be announced on May 2 at Chicago's Lyric Opera.