The mission of the James Beard (Foundation) Awards is to recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

Nominations for the 2022 “Oscars” of the culinary world have been released, and Kentucky is home to three JBF semifinalists.

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

The nominations are Michel’s eighth (in two separate categories), Lamas’ fourth, and Settle’s first. According to JBF, “the 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony will take place in Chicago, on Monday, June 13.”

For previous F&D coverage of the James Beard Foundation Awards, go here. For a trenchant critique of the awards (from 2020), go here. Whatever you do, please continue supporting independent local and regional restaurants.