Local restaurants, chefs named Beard Awards semifinalists

Many familiar names in Charleston, along with a couple of new ones, showed up today as semifinalists on the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards list.

The list of local restaurants and chefs being considered for the “Oscars of the food world” is led by The Ordinary, which is nominated for Best New Restaurant. The oyster bar and seafood house opened in late December on upper King Street.

It’s the latest restaurant venture of Mike Lata, who previously won Best Chef Southeast in the awards, and business partner Adam Nemirow. The two also operate FIG (Food is Good) on Meeting Street.

Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk restaurants is up for Outstanding Chef for the second consecutive year. He was declared Best Chef Southeast in 2010 before the opening of Husk later that year.

Charleston also has three chefs among semifinalists for Best Chef Southeast: Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, Craig Deihl of Cypress and Joshua Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder.

Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel is a contender for Outstanding Wine Program.

The semifinalists were selected by a Restaurant and Chef Committee from more than 44,000 online entries in 20 categories.

On March 18, the foundation will reveal a list of five finalists in each category, determined by more than 600 culinary professionals nationwide. The winners will be announced May 6 during a gala ceremony in New York City.

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