Two Charlotte chefs, one bar named semifinalists in James Beard Awards

CHARLOTTE — Nominations for the prestigious James Beard Awards have been announced and two Charlotte chefs and one local bar are among the semifinalists.

Greg Collier of Leah & Louise is nominated for Outstanding Chef. This is his fourth consecutive nomination, and last year he became the first Charlotte chef to advance to the finals.

Sam Hart of Counter- is nominated for Best Chef in the Southeast.

NoDa’s Salud Cerveceria is nominated for Outstanding Bar.

Finalists will be announced on March 29, and the winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Chicago on June 5.

The James Beard Awards, considered to be among the most prestigious honors in the country, recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

To see the full list of 2023 restaurant and chef awards, go to jamesbeard.org/awards.

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