4 Pittsburgh chefs nominated for James Beard Foundation Awards

Four Pittsburgh chefs have been nominated for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, the New York-based foundation announced Wednesday. 

Justin Severino of Lawrenceville's Cure and Wei Zhu of Chengdu Gourmet in Squirrel Hill are semifinalists for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region. Casey Renee of Whitfield at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty is nominated in the category of outstanding pastry chef. And Becca Hegarty of The Café Carnegie at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland, which opened last month, is in the running for Rising Star Chef of the Year, a category that honors the chef age 30 or younger “who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.”

This year’s competition marks Mr. Severino’s fourth consecutive nomination for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in its annual awards for excellence in cuisine. The organization, which received more than 24,000 online entries in 21 categories, also names outstanding restaurants, restaurateurs and bar, wine and service programs in addition to star chefs in 10 regions of the country. 

Final nominees in all categories will be announced March 15. Winners will honored in a ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 1. Winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards, honoring the nation's top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, will be announced on April 25.

Correction, posted Feb. 16, 2017: An earlier version of this story included a photo that incorrectly identified Casey Renee.

Gretchen McKay: gmckay@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1419 or on Twitter @gtmckay.

First Published February 15, 2017 12:41 PM


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