Cured Chef Named Beard's Best of the Southwest Nominee

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

Also, Joey Baldino of Zeppoli in Collingswood; Nicholas Elmi of Laurel on East Passyunk Avenue; Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller of El Compadre in South Philadelphia; and Ena Widjojo, Maylia Widjojo, and Diana Widjojo of Hardena in South Philadelphia were among semifinalists for best chef, Mid-Atlantic.

On Wednesday, the Beard Foundation announced that no Houston chefs advanced as finalists for the award. He has been nominated for the award four times in the past. He's the first Miami-area finalist for the award since Jeff McInnis made the so-called shortlist in 2013 after helping found Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in 2013.

In addition to the restaurant industry nominees, the James Beard also recognized local media.

There will be no Eastern Carolina chef vying for Best Chef Southeast, but that doesn't mean we'll be shut out for this year's James Beard Awards. Christensen is the only new name in the category; Link and Hamilton were finalists a year ago.

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Madison chef Jonny Hunter from Forequarter restaurant on Johnson Street was nominated last month in the same "Best Chef: Midwest" category, but didn't advance to the final round.

Also today, Highlands pastry chef Dolester Miles was selected one of five finalists for the country's outstanding pastry chef. The category is reserved for chefs aged 30 or younger. Take a look at the full list of finalists here.

Stephen Starr, who owns Parc, won previous year as best restaurateur.

Media winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 27, and the restaurant winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7.

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