Chef Daniel Lindley Is James Beard Award Semifinalist For Best Chef Southeast

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The James Beard Foundation revealed its 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists in Orlando on Wednesday. Chef Daniel Lindley, of St. John’s Restaurant was nominated for the fifth time as Best Chef: Southeast. 20 chefs in the region will be considered for this award. 

Chef Lindley is one of three chefs nominated in Tennessee. Finalists will be announced March 18.

Over the last 14 years, Mr. Lindley has contributed three unique culinary concepts under St. John’s Hospitality Group to Chattanooga’s growing dining scene. St. John’s Restaurant, known for fine regional cuisine and exceptional service, is the one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city.

"This is not just an honor for me but for the entire St. John's staff. Our shared passion for excellence has brought and held us together. We strive to be the best each and every day, and thank the loyal guests who support our efforts. We are honored," said Mr. Lindley. 

Covering all aspects of the restaurant industry, the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

St. John’s Hospitality Group is comprised of St. John's Restaurant (opened 2000), St. John's Meeting Place (opened 2004) and Alleia Restaurant in Chattanooga's Southside, which opened April 2009.


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