Cured Chef Named Beard's Best of the Southwest Nominee

Cured Chef Named Beard's Best of the Southwest Nominee

Jay Sparks, co-owner and chef at Lovechild restaurant in downtown La Crosse, was one of 20 semifinalists announced in February. She was also a nominee previous year.

Four Twin Cities chefs - along with several broadcasters and cookbook authors - have been nominated for 2018 James Beard Foundation awards.

In the national category of Outstanding Chef, Donald Link of Herbsaint, Cochon and Peche scored another nomination. Zingerman's is the only one of those semifinalists to be a finalist, Melody Baetens of The Detroit News.

Outstanding Restaurant Design: Corey Lee's In Situ, the signature restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has been nominated in the "75 seats and over" category. They won Best Chef Northeast in 1993.

After Underbelly chef-owner Chris Shepherd ended the city's 22-year long drought by winning the award in 2014, chefs Justin Yu (Oxheart, Theodore Rex) and Hugo Ortega followed in 2016 and 2017, respectively. See the complete list of national finalists here.




Bacchanal, the wine shop that morphed into a wine bar, wine garden and unique oenophile oasis in the Bywater, is nominated alongside more traditional restaurants around the country.

The Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson is nominated in the media categories for his investigation of sexual harassment at the Besh Restaurant Group.

The James Beard Awards were first given out in 1990.

The James Beard Foundation has already announced the 2018 recipients of its America's Classics awards, and a New Orleans name made the list again this year.

The nominees for the annual awards were announced on Wednesday.

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