This is McHugh's third nomination for the award, considered the USA food industry's highest honor. For Best Chef Southwest (the region Texas is in), McHugh is joined by Austin's Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), as well as Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine), Santa Fe's Martín Rios (Restaurant Martín) and Denver's Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision).
Several Austinites have made the finalist list for the 2018 James Beard Awards. Yin was among the semifinalists for the same award in 2017 as well.
The Deep Run resident, who hosts "A Chef's Life" on PBS, received a nomination for Outstanding Personality/Host and another for Video Webcast.
Upperline restaurant proprietor JoAnn Clevenger was nominated for outstanding restaurateur by the James Beard Awards. The organization announced its pool of five finalists this morning via a live press conference in Philadelphia.
Tova du Plessis, who owns Essen Bakery on East Passyunk Avenue, for baker; Talula's Table, Aimee Olexy's Kennett Square market/chef's table, for restaurant; Jesse Ito of Queen Village's Royal Izakaya for rising star chef; Teresa's Next Door in Wayne in the bar-program category; Pat O'Malley of the Hungry Pigeon in pastry; and Chef Vola's in Atlantic City for service.
Outstanding Chef: Kinch and Kostow will go up against Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in New York City and Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was also a nominee a year ago. Landau co-owns the restaurant with wife Kate Jacoby.
The winners will be unveiled at the foundation's annual gala May 7 in Chicago. At 27, she is an old hand at the nominations; she won a nod past year.