Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist


Philadelphia held a place in the nation's culinary spotlight Wednesday as the James Beard Foundation set up at Parc restaurant to announce its nominations for the 2018 restaurant and media awards.

So much for a Houston three-peat in the James Beard Best Chef: Southwest category.

This is McHugh's third nomination for the award, considered the USA food industry's highest honor. FÖDA is also nominated in the 76 Seats and Over category for work on The Preacher's Son in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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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.

This was Randolph's third consecutive time as a "Best Chef: Midwest" semifinalist. This is the seventh time she's made it to the finalist round.

This year's results notwithstanding, St. Louis has enjoyed success at the James Beard Awards in recent years. For Best Chef Southwest (the region Texas is in), McHugh is joined by Austin's Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), as well as Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Santa Fe's Martín Rios (Restaurant Martín) and Denver's Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision). Vedge marked six years in business last Fall.

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Check back for the full list of local finalists. The category is reserved for chefs aged 30 or younger.

Just two local chefs-Brown and Jorge Guzman at Surly Brewer's Table-made the final cut 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.

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