Check Out The Richmond Semifinalists for 2018 James Beard Awards

Chef Ryan Smith

The James Beard Foundation Awards are the nation's top program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. The semi-finalists were chosen out of 23,000 entries - and will be winnowed down further with the selection of nominees, a narrower list of finalists that comes out next month. See the complete national list of nominees here.

Madison chef Jonny Hunter from Forequarter restaurant on Johnson Street was nominated Thursday for a James Beard Award in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest".

Dallas has seen semifinalists in multiple categories the last few years - and a lot of familiar names nominated multiple years running - but no wins, save for Observer writer Alice Laussade's 2013 win for humor in food writing. Corktown's Lady of the House got a nod in the Best New Restaurant category. Eligible candidates must have been working as a chef for the past five years.

Birmingham's Highlands Bar and Grill is a semifinalist for the country's most outstanding restaurant for the 10 consecutive year. Brigtsen's, owned and operated by chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife Marna, is nominated for best service.

As well as Manny Augello, Bread & Circus Provisions in Lafayette. Last year, his chef at Herbsaint, Rebecca Wilcomb, won the award for Best Chef: South.

Two other awards came home to New Orleans in 2017. Bacchanal is nominated for outstanding wine program.

This is the second nomination for Rising Star Chef award for Alan Sternberg, who was a semifinalist for the award in 2016. This year's crop of winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago.

On March 14, the foundation's finalists will be announced at a live-streamed press conference in Philadelphia.

Dong Phuong, the Vietnamese bakery and restaurant which is coming off of a Carnival season which saw its extremely popular king cake make headlines, was previously announced as an America's Classics award victor.

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