Eater: Here Are New Orleans' James Beard Award Semifinalists for 2019

By: Clair Lorell, Eater

The James Beard Foundation has announced its awards semifinalists for what is considered the greatest distinction in the restaurant industry, and New Orleans is well-represented. This is the “long list;” the “short list” of finalists will be announced March 27 and the winners will named in Chicago on May 6.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads in a restaurant and serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the last five years.

Kelly Fields of Willa Jean is a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. She was a nominee in 2017 and 2018. Read more….