Daniel Lindley, chef and owner at Alleia in Chattanooga, has been named a semifinalist in the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Nominated in the Best Chef: Southeast category, he is one of two chefs from Tennessee in the category, which has 20 nominees. He has been nominated for the award five times in the past: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, but never won.
Lindely, who also owns the 5th & Taylor restaurant in Nashville, is the former owner of St. John's Restaurant and Meeting Place in Chattanooga.
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, located in Walland, Tenn., is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Service category. The farm, a resort near Knoxville, received national attention recently as the spot where the cover for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was photographed.
The James Beard Awards cover a total of 21 categories, including Outstanding Restaurant, Chef, Service, Wine Program and Best New Restaurant.
Finalists in the Restaurant and Chef Award categories will be announced March 24 with winners named on April 24.
In Georgia, the nominees are from Atlanta, Savannah and Decatur; in Alabama, there are five nominees, four from Birmingham.
Here are the other nominess from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama:
Best Chef: Southeast
Daniel Lindley, Alleia, Chattanooga
Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow, Atlanta
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville
Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Atlanta
Best Chef South
Rob McDaniel, SpringHouse, Alexander City, Ala.
Chris Newsome, Ollie Irene, Birmingham
Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham
Best New Restaurant
Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality, Nashville (The Catbird Seat, Pinewood Social, Merchants, Patterson House, and others)
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
Ford Fry, Atlanta (The Optimist, King + Duke, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and others), Atlanta
Nick Pihakis, owner of Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, Birmingham^
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Pamela Moxley, Miller Union, Atlanta
Dolester Miles, Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham
One Flew South, Atlanta
Outstanding Wine Service
Miller Union, Atlanta
Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional
Steven Grubbs, Empire State South, Atlanta
Landon Thompson, Cooks and Soldiers, Atlanta
Outstanding Bar Program
The Patterson House, Nashville