Six Charleston restaurants named among James Beard Award semifinalists

(Source: The Grocery)

We all know Charleston is a mecca for delicious cuisine and once again, The James Beard Awards are taking notice.

Kevin Johnson of The Grocery has grabbed a semifinalist nomination for Best Chef Southeast for his fifth straight year. He’s joined in that category by Shamil Velazquez of Delaney Oyster House.

Restauranteur Steve Palmer of The Macintosh, Indaco, O-Ku, The Indigo Road (and others) is a semifinalist for Outstanding Restauranteur for the third straight year.

FIG and High Wire Distilling Company have picked up semifinalist nods for a second straight year. FIG is nominated for Outstanding Restaurant. The Meeting Street eatery was a finalist last year and Chefs Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope took home the Best Chef Southeast Award in 2009 and 2015, respectively. The restaurant also won Best Wine Program in 2018.

(Source: FIG/Facebook)

Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall of High Wire Distilling Company grabbed a semifinalist nomination in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer category. The company was a finalist last year.



Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop rounds out the local semifinalists in the Outstanding Hospitality category.

You can see a full list of semifinalists here. The finalists will be announced on March 25th and the awards ceremony will be held on May 4th in Chicago.

According to its website, The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.