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Here are the Atlanta Nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards

These are the Georgians to cheer for on May 7

A James Beard Award medal. James Beard Foundation
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The final nominees for the 2018 James Beard Foundation awards were announced Wednesday morning, and these are the Georgians who made the final cut. The annual awards are the equivalent to the Oscars in the food world. The restaurant and chef winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago. The media awards will be held in Chelsea Piers in New York on April 27.

Outstanding Bar Program

Kimball House in Decatur

Best Chef Southeast

Chef Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Former Atlanta Magazine food critic and editor Bill Addison for

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

Atlanta-based writer and AJC restaurant critic Wyatt Williams for Oxford American
Shane Mitchell for the Bitter Southerner


Former Atlanta Magazine food writer, now deputy editor for Southern Foodway’s Alliance, Osayi Endolyn for Gravy. She currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.

The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 662-5999 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website