Executive chef Craig Deihl of Cypress restaurant in Charleston narrowly missed making a culinary grand slam for Charleston on Monday night.
Deihl made it to a top tier in the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards as one of six finalists for Best Chef Southeast, but the award instead went to Andrea Reusing.
It was Deihl's first nomination for the coveted award and would have been the fourth consecutive year that a Charleston chef brought home the honor.
Known for his skill in charcuterie, Deihl was up against Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens, Ga.; John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, N.C.; Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta; Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky.; and Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The three previous Charleston winners of Best Chef Southeast were Sean Brock of McCrady's in 2010, Mike Lata of FIG in 2009 and Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill in 2008.
On Friday, Charleston's Garden & Gun magazine reached the top rung in the Food Culture & Travel category of the foundation's 2011 journalism awards. Rick Bragg, Francine Maroukian and Robb Walsh shared the honor for "The Southerner's Guide to Oysters."