Nashville's restaurant scene nationally recognized by James Beard Foundation

Posted at 9:14 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 22:14:16-05

NEW YORK (WTVF) — It's known to many as the Oscars of the culinary world: the James Beard Awards.

The culinary arts foundation named 2019 semifinalists Tuesday, and several Nashville chefs nabbed nominations for the prestigious award.

Folk in East Nashville earned a nomination for Best New Restaurant. Folk opened last Spring near McFerrin Park by chef and owner Philip Kajeck, the chef behind Germantown's Rolf and Daughters.

A number of local chefs were also recognized for their work. Margot McCormack of Margot Cafe and Bar in Five Points was named a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef. Josh Habiger of Bastion and Julia Sullivan of Henrietta Red both earned nominations for Best Chef: Southeast.

Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality were recognized for a third time for Outstanding Restaurateur. Strategic Hospitality is the company behind restaurants like Catbird Seat, Pinewood Social, and Merchants.

Finalists will be announced March 27 in Houston. The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will be held May 6 in Chicago.

Past James Beard Award winners from Nashville include City House chef and owner Tandy Wilson, and Husk founder Sean Brock.