Canton restaurant and three Baltimore-area chefs named James Beard Award semifinalists

The James Beard Awards are back — and three Baltimore chefs and a Chinese restaurant have been named semifinalists.

Canton’s NiHao was named in the category of Best New Restaurant, while one of its founders, Peter Chang, was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category for his work at his eponymous restaurants in Maryland and Virginia. A new branch of Peter Chang is set to open in Columbia this fall.

Lydia Chang, chef Chang’s daughter and co-owner of NiHao, said she was pleasantly surprised by the shoutout for the Baltimore restaurant she helped launch during the pandemic. “We didn’t expect it,” she said, adding that her dad, hearing that he had been nominated in the Outstanding Chef category, simply shrugged. “‘The day moves on,’” Chang said he told her.

Meanwhile, Charleston’s Cindy Wolf was “excited” to be named a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category, according to her business partner

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Miami chefs, restaurants named 2022 James Beard Award nominees

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A view of the dining area at Zitz Sum in Coral Gables, Florida on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

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Some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country — including one of the best new restaurants — are in South Florida.

The James Beard Foundation announced the list of semifinalists Feb. 23 for its prestigious awards, honoring the best in the food industry. The foundation suspended its awards for the last two years as it grappled with allegations against some nominees and a lack of diversity among its finalists.

The foundation revamped its nomination procedures and expanded the pool of judges and voters as a commitment to “racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive,” it wrote. (Editor’s note: Miami Herald journalists have or currently serve as James Beard Award voters or committee members.)

Here are the restaurants, chefs, bakers and

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DFW restaurants and chefs named as 2022 James Beard semifinalists

Nine North Texas restaurants and chefs have been named as semifinalists for prestigious national food industry honors in this year’s James Beard Awards.

DALLAS — This story originally appeared in the Dallas Business Journal. The interview at the top of this article originally aired on July 12, 2021.

Nine North Texas restaurants and chefs were named semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, which is returning this year after taking a COVID-related hiatus in 2020 and 2021.

Roots Southern Table, located on 13050 Bee St. in Farmers Branch took two spots on the prestigious list. The restaurant made the national semifinalist list in the Best New Restaurant category. Chef Tiffany Derry, an alum of the popular reality cooking competition Top Chef, was also named a semifinalist in the Best Chef Texas category.

We profiled Derry and her business partner, Tom Foley, last February. Their business, the Irving-based

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See which chefs and restaurants in the South were named semifinalists

The James Beard Awards are the highest honors in America for chefs and restaurants. After a year-long hiatus, the awards have returned. On Wednesday the James Beard Foundation announced the semi-finalists for the 2022 awards.

In each of the national award categories, 20 semi-finalists are named. The exception is the Best New Restaurant award, which has 30 finalists. Here are the restaurants, bars and chefs from across the South who made the cut:

Best New Restaurant

Fritai in New Orleans

Lengua Madre in New Orleans

MACHETE in Greensboro, North Carolina

Nani’s Piri Piri Chicken in Asheville, North Carolina

Zitz Sum in Coral Gables, Florida

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Emerging Chef

Cleophus Hethington of Benne on Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina

Serigne Mbaye of Dakar NOLA in New Orleans

Mia Orino and Carlo Gan of Kamayan ATL in Atlanta

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