Louis chefs, two restaurants among James Beard Award semifinalists

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Arnaud's French 75 Bar, at the landmark French Creole restaurant, won for Outstanding Bar Program.

For the fifth year, Donald Link is in the running for the group's Outstanding Chef award.

Central Florida chefs have been represented in the James Beard Foundation awards in the past.

In 2016, in Best Chef: Southwest Dallas has four chef nominations out of 20: Matt McCallister, FT33; Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An; David Uygur, Lucia; and Omar Flores, Casa Rubia.

This lineup will be decided by an independent panel of judges comprising of food and wine editors restaurant critics, culinary educators and past James Beard award winners. For the record: That's best new restaurant in the nation - putting Michael and Tara Gallina's eatery in extremely rarified company.

Saffron NOLA, owned by the Vilkhu family and with executive chef Arvinder Vilkhu, opened past year on Magazine Street.

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Zingerman's Delicatessen, at 422 Detroit St.in Ann Arbor, was named a semifinalists for "Outstanding Service", an award given to a restaurant that has been open for at least five years and has a high standard of hospitality and service.

This list of semifinalists will be narrowed down to final nominees on March 14.

Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint. Brigtsen's, owned and operated by chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife Marna, is nominated for best service. And the one it seemed the entire city was pulling for: Misti Norris, semifinalist in the Rising Star of the Year category.

Bacchanal, the wine shop that morphed into a wine bar, wine garden and unique oenophile oasis in the Bywater, is nominated alongside more traditional restaurants around the country.

The James Beard Foundation has already announced the 2018 recipients of its America's Classics awards, and a New Orleans name made the list again this year.

New Orleans had almost a dozen finalists in the running for the James Beard Foundation awards on Monday night.

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