Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

The finalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a live broadcast streamed from Philadelphia's own Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse. Landau co-owns the restaurant with wife Kate Jacoby.

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

Kostow's new venture, The Charter Oak in St. Helena, also is a finalist for Best New Restaurant. For Best Chef Southwest (the region Texas is in), McHugh is joined by Austin's Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), as well as Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Santa Fe's Martín Rios (Restaurant Martín) and Denver's Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision). The James Beard Award winners will be announced at a gala on May 7 in Chicago.

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Cogswell, who is originally from North Carolina, now acts as Zahav's pastry chef.

Just two local chefs-Brown and Jorge Guzman at Surly Brewer's Table-made the final cut a year ago.

Best New Restaurant: The Charter Oak in St. Helena is vying for this title against two Southern California restaurants (Kismet in Los Angeles, Felix Trattoria in Venice), one Seattle one (JuneBaby) and one NY one (Empellon Midtown).

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Zahav is nominated for Outstanding Service, though this is far from the restaurant's first James Beard recognition.

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