The James Beard Foundation announced award nominees today. Hometown hopefuls Margot McCormack of Margot Café and Marché and Tandy Wilson of City House, both of whom had been tapped as semifinalists, did not make the list.
Sean Brock, of McCrady's restaurant in Charleston, S.C., an alumnus of Capitol Grille, is nominated for the rising star award for a chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.
Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., is nominated for outstanding wine service.
As previously reported on Bites, Arnold's Country Kitchen will receive the America's Classic at the James Beard Awards ceremony on May 4 in New York City.
Also of local interest, Shirley O. Corriher is nominated for a book award for Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking. According to a profile in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Corriher, 73, is an alumna of Vanderbilt University, where she was one of two women chemistry majors in a program of 200 and where she worked as a research biochemist in the medical school. (Hat tip to Pat Embry for making the Nashville connection.)