Beard Nominations: Lockeland Table, Tyler Brown, Margot McCormack, Tandy Wilson



The semifinalists for the James Beard Awards are out and, for a second straight year, a Nashville place was listed as one of the best new restaurants in the country. Lockeland Table, Hal Holden-Bache's farm-inspired place in East Nashville, is short-listed with 28 others, including Hog & Hominy in Memphis. This follows The Catbird Seat's semifinal nod last year.

Tandy Wilson of City House and Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille have been named semifinalists for Best Chef: Southeast. Joining them on the list for the first time since 2009 is Margot McCormack, who was nominated for her work at Margot Cafe & Bar. This is the third nomination each for Wilson and McCormack. (Note: As best we can tell, this is five years in a row for Wilson to be a semifinalist. I'd love to tell you definitively, but the @#*$^@#*$& Beard Award database is from hell.)

Four other Tennesseans made the cut: Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Daniel Lindley of St. John's in Chattanooga, and Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis

The competition is after the break:

Best New Restaurant

Balena, Chicago
BierBeisl, Beverly Hills, CA
Bluebeard, Indianapolis
Borgne, New Orleans
Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis
Cardamom Hill, Atlanta
Empellón Cocina, NYC
Forequarter, Madison, WI
Grace, Chicago
Hog & Hominy, Memphis
Khong River House, Miami Beach, FL
Lockeland Table, Nashville
Mateo Tapas, Durham, NC
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, PR
Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.
The Ordinary, Charleston, SC
Ox, Portland, OR
Oxheart, Houston
Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, MA
Rich Table, San Francisco
Shanik, Seattle
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, CA
Thirty Acres, Jersey City, NJ
Underbelly, Houston
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia
The Whale Wins, Seattle
Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque, NM

Best Chef: Southeast

Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA
Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh, Charleston, SC
Tyler Brown, Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
Scott Crawford, Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC
Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC
Damian Heath, Lot 12 Public House, Berkeley Springs, WV
Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
Scott Howell, Nana’s, Durham, NC
Joshua Keeler, Two Boroughs Larder, Charleston, SC
Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY
Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Daniel Lindley, St. John’s Restaurant, Chattanooga, TN
Margot McCormack, Margot Café & Bar, Nashville
Elliott Moss, The Admiral, Asheville, NC
Todd Richards, The Shed at Glenwood, Atlanta
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto, Hillsborough, NC
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

A PDF list of semi-finalists for all categories is here.
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