The James Beard Foundation recently announced their list of semi-finalists for the extremely prestigious James Beard Awards. The James Beard Awards is an annual award ceremony which recognizes outstanding food, hospitality, chefs and other aspects of the food industry. Only the best of the best receive a James Beard Award.
The finals will take place in Chicago in June, and we’re so happy to announce that there were several Atlanta restaurants and chefs that made the semi-finals!
Best Chef in the Southeast
One of the categories is ‘Best Chef in the Southeast’ and Atlanta is proud to say that we have a few semi-finalists on the list! The other states included in the Southeast are: Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
One incredible restaurant with a ‘best chef in the Southeast’ semi-finalist is Southern National’s very own Duane Nutter!
Chef Duane Nutter is an incredible chef, bringing a delicious flare to southern-style cuisine in Atlanta! Duane Nutter’s food leans into the his travels in the Northwest, Kentucky, and Louisiana, where he was born, as well as the South and Atlanta.
Tell us about Southern National!
Southern National is a unique dining experience that takes flavors from all over the globe and puts a delicious southern twist on them! This elevated, fine dining experience is carefully curated so you leave feeling full–both literally and metaphorically! Their menu consists of amazing delicacies like the Herb Butter Broiled Red fish or the Berber Spiced Fried Chicken Thigh, and so many more delicious treats! Oh, and their cocktail menu is absolutely delicious too!
We’re so proud of Chef Duane Nutter, and we’ve got our fingers crossed for the James Beard Finals! Congratulations on your James Beard Semi-finals ranking, Chef Duane Nutter!