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.

jamesbeardGirouard, 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.

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