New Orleans chef wins James Beard Award

CHICAGO (AP) — A New Orleans chef has won a coveted award for his culinary delights.

The New Orleans Advocate ( ) reports Alon Shaya was presented with the James Beard Award in Chicago Monday night. Shaya, owner of Domenica, was the only New Orleans winner among the seven local names listed among finalists for the award. Previous winners include Emeril Lagasse, Frank Brigtsen and Susan Spicer.

Shaya was nominated for the fourth straight year, but did not win in his first three.

The James Beard Awards are widely viewed as the top awards for the American restaurant industry.

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