Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

La Crosse chef fails to advance in James Beard competition

La Crosse chef fails to advance in James Beard competition

Pondicheri chef-owner Anita Jaisinghani had also been named a semifinalist.

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.

Awards organizers named a total of nine local chefs as finalists for one of the country's most notable accolades in the restaurant industry.

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Diane Yang of Spoon and Stable was nominated in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. New to the list are former "Top Chef" Tiffani Faison for her new Fenway restaurant Tiger Mama, and Tony Messina for Uni.

Philadelphia can claim four nominees at this year's prestigious James Beard Awards, which will be held this Spring in Chicago.

Bacchanal, the laid-back Bywater gathering place, is a finalist for Outstanding Wine Program. Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang and Cassie Piuma of Sarma in Somerville were also finalists past year.

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Stephen Starr, who owns Parc, won past year as best restaurateur. Take a look at the full list of finalists here. The media awards will be presented in New York City on April 27.

For the fifth year, JoAnn Clevenger of Upperline Restaurant is up for Outstanding Restaurateur, an award the James Beard Foundations gives to "a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship". Brett Anderson is up for the investigative reporting award for his nola.com story on sexual harassment allegations at John Besh's restaurant company. Also noted is Sun Wah BBQ, which was designated by James Beard Foundation as one of America's Classics. She previously worked at DNAinfo and POLITICO New York.

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