James Beard Nominations Are Open
James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards--considered to be the Oscars of the culinary word--are open for nominations.
Now through December 31, diners all over the world will be submitting names for chef awards in 21 categories, including:
- Best Chef in the Southeast
- Rising Star Chef of the Year
- Outstanding Chef
- Outstanding Restaurant
- Best New Restaurant
- Outstanding Bar Program
This has been another great year for Asheville's star chefs. Departures magazine called Asheville "The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America," and Livibility.com included the mountain destination among its "Top 10 Foodie Cities" for 2014. Asheville even sent one chef--Curate's Katie Button--to the red carpet as a James Beard Award Finalist in May.
Could 2015 be the year that Foodtopia finally brings home a medal?
Nominate your favorite Asheville chefs here.