James Beard Award Pre-Candidates

February 16, 2008

jamesbeard.gifBallots for the 2008 James Beard Awards have been sent to the judges, and there are a number of Triangle chefs and restaurants on this very long list. Just being on the ballot is an honor (OK, the founder of the Chipotle chain is there, so maybe not such an honor), although these have rarely been leaked to the public before.

Here are the locals who received a mention:

Best Chef: Southeast

Scott Howell, Nana’s
Andrea Reusing, Lantern
Chip Smith, Bonne Soiree

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jeremy Sabo, South

Outstanding Restaurant
Magnolia Grill

Best New Restaurant
Watt’s Grocery