James Beard Award finalists include many New Orleanians_lowres

Donald Link of Herbsaint is a finalist for Outstanding Chef in the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards.

Shaya was nominated for Best New Restaurant and Donald Link of Herbsaint as Outstanding Chef in the finals of the 2016 James Beard Awards, which were announced this morning in San Francisco. New Orleans had 14 nominations in the semifinals, which were announced last month.

Other New Orleans finalists included Arnaud's French 75 and Cure (Outstanding Bar Program) and Commander's Palace (Outstanding Wine Program). Three of the finalists in Best Chef: South are from New Orleans: Justin Devillier (La Petite Grocery), Slade Rushing (Brennan's) and Isaac Toups (Toups' Meatery).

[jump] Two local food writers were nominated in the category of Personal Essay: Brett Martin, for "The Chef Who Saved My Life" (GQ) and Rien Fertel for "(The New) Broad Way, NOLA" (The Local Palate). 

As was reported earlier this year, Dooky Chase's legendary chef, Leah Chase, will receive the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards will take place in New York April 26. The awards gala will be held May 2 in Chicago.