Mississippians Named Finalists for James Beard Awards

March 15, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The James Beard Foundation announced today its nominees for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Several Mississippians were on the list.



Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford has been named a finalist in the category of “Best Chef: South.” Also named a finalist in this category is Tylertown native Slade Rushing of Brennan’s in New Orleans.


Finalists in the book awards division include:


American Cooking
My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen, Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose, (Running Press)


Single Subject
Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day, John Currence, (Ten Speed Press)



Chef Vishwesh Bhatt


See this year’s full finalist list at jamesbeard.org/awards.  


Winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.   


Winners of the remaining awards will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1, 2017. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.


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