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The nominations for the annual “Oscars of Dining” are in, and three Atlanta chefs and two Atlanta restaurants have been named as 2017 James Beard Award finalists.
Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and Staplehouse chef Ryan Smith will both vie the title of Best Chef: Southeast, and Miller Union was also nominated for Outstanding Wine Program. Design firm Meyer Davis earned a Restaurant Design nomination for its redesign of Ford Fry’s St. Cecilia.
Chef Asha Gomez also earned a Book Award nomination for her first cookbook, My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen. Gomez recently closed her Inman Park restaurant, Spice to Table, to focus on her lifestyle brand, DYAD. And finally, Atlanta magazine’s former restaurant critic Bill Addison, who became Eater‘s restaurant editor in 2014, was nominated for two Journalism Awards.
The Best Chef: Southeast nomination caps an all-star year for Smith, whose restaurant was acclaimed by Bon Appétit and GQ and recently shot to the top of our own 50 Best Restaurants list. Last year Staplehouse also earned a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant. Meanwhile, it’s the fifth year in a row that Satterfield has been nominated for Best Chef: Southeast (his cookbook, Root to Leaf, also earned a book nomination last year). The book and journalism winners will be announced on April 25, while the chef and restaurant award winners will be announced on May 1.
Correction: This article previously stated this was Satterfield’s second nomination in the Best Chef: Southeast category. It is actually his fifth.