The James Beard Foundation announced its coveted list of semifinalists for the 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards to be handed out in Chicago on May 2nd. Charleston landed four spots in three categories for Outstanding Service, Outstanding Wine Program, and Best Chef - Southeast.
In what should be no surprise to anyone, Charleston Grill is back again with a nod for Outstanding Service. The restaurant regularly thrills with an overall upscale dining experience. Fig, which had a big showing last year, and especially in 2009 when Mike Lata earned the prestigious title of Best Chef - Southeast, is being recognized this year for its wine program. The restaurant finds itself on the 2016 list of semifinalists for Outstanding Wine Service.
Finally, last but not least, Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh and The Grocery's Kevin Johnson are competing in the talent-heavy category for Best Chef - Southeast. Bacon and Johnson, both considered local culinary superstars, are no strangers to this accolade. Bacon makes his fifth consecutive appearance on the list while Johnson returns for the second time having first made the cut in 2014.
According to the press release, finalists will be announced March 15th with winners revealed May 2nd. Good luck to Charleston's 2016 round of semifinalists.
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