A Charleston chef has been awarded the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.
Jason Stanhope, executive chef at FIG, was named the Best Chef in the Southeast, by the James Beard Foundation Monday night during its annual ceremony. The Foundation describes the awards as the "Oscars of the food world."
FIG is located at 232 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.
Other local semifinalists include Lauren Mitterer of WildFlour Pastry, Sean Brock of Husk, Ari Kolender of Leon's Oyster Shop, Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh and Josh Keelor of Two Boroughs Larder. They were nominated in a variety of categories.
Local nominated restaurants include Edmund's Oast, Hominy Grill, Charleston Grill, FIG and McCrady's.
Nathalie Dupree, a cookbook author and television personality in Charleston, was named to the 2015 James Bear Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America list. She was one of five people selected.
For a complete list of 2015 James Beard Foundation award-winners, click here.