From the live Twitter feed from New Orleans of the finalists for James Beard Foundation Awards:
Charlottean Peter Reinhart is nominated for "Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day," along with "Baking" and "Dam Good Sweet."
Best chef, Southeast: Bill Smith of Crook's Corner, Chapell Hill; Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill; Sean Brock of McCrady's, Charleston. Also Hugh Acheson, Five & Ten, Athens, Ga.; and Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta.
Matt and Ted Lee are finalists for Book Awards/American Cooking, for "Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern." Also "My New Orleans" and "Real Cajun."
Bunch of Southerners/New Orleanians made the list for Who's Who: Leah Chase, Jessica Harris, Paul McIlhenny, Susan Spicer, among others.
Full list of nominees will be posted by noon at www.jamesbeard.org.