Here are the local nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards


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

This year's nominees for "Best Chef: Midwest" include three chefs from Minneapolis (Steven Brown of Tilia, Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable and Ann Kim of Young Joni) and two from Milwaukee (Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie and Justin Carlisle of Milwaukee). Must have been a baker or pastry chef for at least five years.

For the second year in a row, Oberlin's Ben Sukle is a Best Chef Northeast finalist for the James Beard Foundation awards, the Oscars of the culinary world.

Philadelphia Israeli eatery Zahav is nominated again.

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The list features four women, including Sarah Rinkavage of Marisol for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang and Cassie Piuma of Sarma in Somerville were also finalists previous year.

Parc took on the look of an industry-filled breakfast party as a podium was set up near the host stand and semifinalists and their friends ate a spread of food. Greg Vernick of Vernick won as best chef, Mid-Atlantic.

Outstanding Chef: Kinch and Kostow will go up against Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in New York City and Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina. The winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7.

It's a disappointing follow-up to the semifinalist announcement last month that included a record number of Houston chefs and restaurants, including first time semifinalists nominations for Ronnie Killen, Ryan Pera (Coltivare), Ross Coleman and James Haywood (Kitchen 713), and Trong Nguyen (Crawfish & Noodles). Media awards will be announced April 27 in NY.