Craig Deihl of Cypress is the only Charleston chef to be named as a finalist in the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. He is one of five chefs up for Best Chef Southeast.
Award semifinalists, which were announced in February, had included Sean Brock of McCrady's for Outstanding Chef, and Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh and Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca for Best Chef Southeast.
The Macintosh also was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.
Deihl, who has been executive chef of Cypress for more than 10 years, was nominated in the same category last year. This time, he's in the running with Hugh Acheson of the Five and Ten, Athens, Ga.; Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta; Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia, Louisville, Ky.; and Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
The Best Chef Southeast category covers Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
It has been won by a Charleston chef in three of the past four years.
The winners will be announced May 7 in New York.