Congrats to our NOLA Participants who are 2018 JBF Finalists!


March 14, 2018

The 2018 James Beard Foundation Award Finalist Nominations were announced today for 2018 and four of the finalists are participating in our next event in New Orleans. In fact, our host chefs for New Orleans, Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette, are finalists for Best Chef South. Other finalists include Kelly Fields of Willa Jean for Outstanding Pastry Chef and Miles Thompson for Rising Star Chef. You can catch Miles Thompson on Thursday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 25th. Kelly will be cooking Friday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 25th. A past participant from our LA event, Jeremy Fox, is a finalist for Best Chef West. His chef de cuisine at Rustic Canyon, Brittany Cassidy, will also be at the NOLA event and is cooking on Friday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 25th.

Past ICW participants also making it to the finalist round this year include Justin Carlisle of Ardent and The Laughing Taco in Milwaukee who is up for Best Chef Midwest. He attended our Houston event this past January. Eduoardo Jordan, who attended LA, is a two time finalist for Best New Restaurant for his second restaurant JuneBaby and Best Chef Northwest. Benjamin Sukle of Oberlin and Providence, was a participant a few years ago in Austin and is a finalist for Best Chef Northeast.

Congratulations to all of the finalists! The question now becomes which of our NOLA participants will be finalists and winners in the future? Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know these chefs, taste their wonderful food, and experience something magical before they become household names. You can find more information including chef roster, schedule, and buy tickets here.



ICW Houston

May 3-4-6, 2018

  • 3 nights / 24 chefs

  • Thursday, May 3rd – Dinner at 7:30PM
  • Regular ticket $195, VIP $225
  • Friday, May 4th – Dinner at 7:30PM
  • Regular ticket $195, VIP $225
  • Sunday, May 6th – Dinner at 7:00PM
  • Regular ticket $205, VIP $250
  • A portion of ticket sales supports No Kid Hungry

**Due to the nature of the event, we apologize that we cannot accommodate special dietary requests.**
**Tickets are nonrefundable but transferable**


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