My colleague Chrisbig doings at the Hermitage Hotel. More big doings were announced today.
Tyler Brown, the executive chef at the hotel's restaurant Capitol Grille, joins Tandy Wilson of City House as the two Nashville chefs selected in the semifinals of the prestigious James Beard Awards. They're named under the category of Best Chef in the Southeast.
Another familiar name in the category is Sean Brock of McCrady's in Charleston, S.C., who preceded Brown at Capitol Grille -- in fact, Brown was his chef de cuisine for three years. Also well-known in Nashville is Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Ala. Stitt got even more glory than our chefs. He was named in the nationwide category of Outstanding Chef, and Highlands was tapped as a contender for Best Restaurant.
Stitt, a famous proponent of fresh Southern cuisine, has mentored a number of people in the Nashville restaurant community.
Other Tennessee semifinalists in the Best Chef -- Southeast category: Daniel Lindley of St. John's in Chattanooga, and Kelly English of Restaurant Iris in Memphis.
We'll learn March 22 who advances to the finals, and winners will be announced at a big gala May 3 in New York.