No local chefs on James Beard finalist list

Mar 18th, 2014 | by Eat Drink Indy | News, Restaurants

No Indiana chefs made the list of finalists for the 2014 James Beard restaurant and chef awards. Four chefs — David Tallent, of Bloomington, and Regina Mehallick, Greg Hardesty and Neal Brown, all of Indianapolis, had made the “long list” of semifinalists in the Best Chefs — Great Lakes region category, along with Mike Floyd, Nick Floyd and Simon Floyd of Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Ind., who were semifinalists in the Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional category.

The James Beard Foundation Awards will be presented in May in New York City.

The James Beard Foundation Awards will be presented in May in New York City.

It is the eighth year in a row that Tallent has been on the semifinalist list – something he calls “very humbling.”

“It’s always nice to be recognized – to know there are people that recognize the hard work and the passion that goes into what we do – I appreciate it,” Tallent told EatDrinkIndy writer Chris Bavender in a recent interview. “You have those days where you just feel like banging your head against the wall for whatever reason – something that doesn’t go right, etc. – and this makes all the burns and scrapes and cuts worth it when people recognize it. Everyone loves to be told they are doing a good job.”

Mehallick has been a semifinalist five times, Hardesty three times and Brown twice.

–Jolene Ketzenberger

 

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