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Mississippians Land on the Final James Beard Award Nominee List

At a ceremony at Hugo's by JBF Award winner Hugo Ortega in Houston, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2019 James Beard Award nominees in Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories.

The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6th, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2019 Leadership Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5th, in Chicago, and the 2019 Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26th, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Several familiar names have landed on the final list of nominees for the James Beard Awards. Chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford (pictured above) is up for Best Chef: South; author Julian Rankin is nominated under the JBF Book Awards for his book, Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta; author John T. Edge is nominated under the JBF Journalism Awards for his column, Local Fare: “The Question of Dinner”; “Dixie Vodka”; and “Folk Witness” in the Oxford American; and Boyce Upholt is also nominated under the Journalism Awards for his investigative reporting piece, "A Killing Season."

Be on the lookout to see if any of our Mississippians take home the title at the James Beard Awards. More information and the full list of nominees can be found here.

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