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NOLA Chefs Among James Beard Awards Semifinalists

The bounty of New Orleans' food offerings is growing broader, but we're not losing our quality. Crescent City restaurants and chefs are once again popping up all over the list of nominees for this year's prestigious James Beard food awards. Known as the Oscars of the food world, the Beard awards released its initial list of semifinalists Wednesday.

Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace Wins James Beard Award

Around New Orleans, the JazzFest hangover is in full effect. But a handful of Crescent City culinary craftsman went right from the busy weekend up to New York City for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards (livestream here) . As is usually the case at the "Oscars of the food world," the pickers didn't leave out New Orleans as Chef Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace brought home some hardware, and Emeril was honored for his philanthropy.

Besh, Emeril, McPhail Among New Orleans' James Beard Award Finalists

From almost a dozen nods in the semfinals, five New Orleans interests have made the final cut for the James Beard Awards, set to be given out on May 6 in New York City. New Orleans once again outpaces the rest of the region in the Best Chef: South category, and will see one of her own earn recognition for giving something back.

New Orleans Chefs Among James Beard Awards Semifinalists

by Sarah Esenwein

Local New Orleans restaurants and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today, as the 2013 James Beard semifinalist list saved some space for culinary masters from Alon to Zemanick. The Beard awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals and some of the local nominees are no stranger to being nominated, with one chef hoping to secure a consecutive second time win.

Reveillon Revisited

Keeping New Orleans' Traditional Holiday Feast

Big Easy Bites returns for a special holiday edition. Jennifer Abbott plums the New Orleans tradition of reveillon dinners, which nowadays is found both in the restaurant and at home.

Tory, Tequila Take Table

A few years ago, Commander’s Palace introduced a prix-fixe lunch (with 25 cent martinis!) allowing everyday y’ats to join the St. Charles set in the Garden Room. NoDef has been enjoying the impeccable service and turtle soup ever since, but we have always wondered, “What surprises does Chef Tory McPhail have have in store beyond that last swirl of Brandy?” Last week, the Commander's executive chef descended upon the backroom of a French Quarter antique shop to prepare a secret feast, and answered that very question.

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