Lafayette, N.O. chefs up for James Beard awards

Associated Press photo -- Chef Donald Link of Herbsaint Restaurant, New Orleans, is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category of the James Beard Foundation's Restaurant and Chef Awards. Show caption
Associated Press photo -- Chef Donald Link of Herbsaint Restaurant, New Orleans, is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category of the James Beard Foundation's Restaurant and Chef Awards.

One Lafayette chef and seven New Orleans chefs are on the James Beard Foundation’s list of semifinalist nominees for its 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

Donald Link, of Herbsaint in New Orleans, is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category. Those nominated in the Best Chef, South, category include Justin Girouard, of The French Press, Lafayette, and six New Orleans chefs, Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery; Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill; Alon Shaya, Domenica; Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette; Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery; and Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s.

Other semifinalists, all from New Orleans, and their categories include: Pêche, Best New Restaurant; Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and Cure, both in Outstanding Bar Program; JoAnn Clevenger, of Upperline, Outstanding Restaurateur; Ann Tuennerman with Tales of the Cocktail, Outstanding Wine, Spirits, Beer Professional; Brigtsen’s, Outstanding Service; and The Grill Room of Windsor Court Hotel, Outstanding Wine Program.

The finalists in the Restaurant and Chef Awards, as well as nominations for the Beard Foundation’s Book, Journalism, Broadcast and Restaurant Design Awards, will be announced in Chicago on March 18. The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held May 2 and May 5 in New York City.