James Beard Awards a No-Show

Charlotte was passed over ... again
James Beard Foundation

It's a bit of disappointing news, but the James Beard award nominees for 2015 did not include any mention of Charlotte or Charlotte chefs. However, with young restaurants like Passion8, Heritage, Heirloom, and The Asbury nestled among older standbys like The Fig Tree, Carpe Diem, and Customshop, we're hopeful that next year will bring some recognition to the Queen City.

Categories for the James Beard Awards are split into regions for the Best Chef category, and Charlotte happens to land in the same bucket with Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville. The southeast region comprises of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. However, North Carolina and the First in Flight state got a little love with Asheville, Durham, Kinston, and Hillsborough, represented in the Best Chef category, among others. Here's a full list of nominees for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef: Southeast:

Best New Restaurant

  • 42 Grams, Chicago
  • Abe Fisher, Philadelphia
  • Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, MA
  • The Alley Light, Charlottesville, VA
  • Bâtard, NYC
  • Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Las Vegas
  • Central Provisions, Portland, ME
  • Cosme, NYC
  • Edmund's Oast, Charleston, SC
  • Fiola Mare, Washington, D.C.
  • The Grey, Savannah, GA
  • Kachka, Portland, OR
  • Langbaan, Portland, OR
  • Lazy Bear, San Francisco
  • Lusca, Atlanta
  • Maude, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Olamaie, Austin
  • One Eleven at the Capital, Little Rock, AR
  • Parachute, Chicago
  • Petit Trois, Los Angeles
  • The Progress, San Francisco
  • San Salvaje, Dallas
  • Semilla, Brooklyn, NY
  • Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
  • Townsend, Philadelphia

Best Chef: Southeast

  • Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA
  • Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh, Charleston, SC
  • Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, NC
  • Kathy Cary, Lilly's, Louisville, KY
  • John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC
  • Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Atlanta
  • Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Atlanta
  • Damian Heath, Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
  • Scott Howell, Nana's, Durham, NC
  • Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani, Asheville, NC
  • Josh Keeler, Two Boroughs Larder, Charleston, SC
  • Matthew Kelly, Mateo, Durham, NC
  • Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY
  • Daniel Lindley, Alleia, Chattanooga, TN
  • Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta
  • Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC
  • Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
  • Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto, Hillsborough, NC
  • Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

The final list for Restaurant and Chef award nominees will be announced in New York City at the James Beard House on Tuesday, March 24. The 2015 James Beard Awards will be held in Chicago on Monday, May 4. Better luck next year to all our Charlotte favorites and, until then, we'll be getting the word out about our own special dining scene! A full list of nominees in all categories can be found here.

Categories: Dine & Dish, Food + Drink