French Press’ Girouard named to James Beard long list
Acadiana’s own Justin Girouard is a semifinalist for the James Beard Best Chef: South award.
Justin Girouard, chef at The French Press in downtown Lafayette, is in the running to be named the Best Chef:South by the James Beard Foundation.
Girouard, who was nominated for the same award last year, is the only chef from Acadiana to make the list, but is accompanied by multiple chefs from New Orleans, including Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Alon Shaya of Domenica, Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette and Sue Zemanick of Gautreau’s.
Donald Link, whose Cochon Lafayette recently closed, is a semifinalist for Oustanding Chef for his restaurant Herbsaint in New Orleans.
Finalists for the awards will be announced on March 18 and winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards on May 6. See the full list of semifinalists here.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.