- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The James Beard Foundation has revealed the nominees for its culinary and journalism awards.

And, as in years past, New Orleans was well represented.

NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1ifrFpr) Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill, Alon Shaya of Domenica and Sue Zemanick of Gautreau’s and Ivy captured four of the five slots in the category “Best Chef: South,” which covers Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Puerto Rico.

Shaya, Devillier and Zemanick were nominated in the same category last year, when Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace won.

Peche Seafood Grill was nominated as a best new restaurant in New Orleans.

Chef John Besh was previously announced as a new member of the James Beard Who’s Who of Food & Beverage and Hansen’s Sno-Bliz as an America’s Classic winner.

Chef John Currence, a New Orleans native who runs City Grocery and other restaurants in Oxford, Miss., was nominated in the American cookbook category for “Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey.”

Guy Martin was nominated for an M.F.K. Fisher award for outstanding writing for “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” a Garden & Gun story about Galatoire’s and Mimi’s in the Marigny.

After another round of voting, the winners will be announced at an early May ceremony in New York.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com