Link has been nominated for this award four times in the past.
Rhode Island's other semifinalists this year were Al Forno's Johanne Killeen for Best Chef in a national category and Champe Speidel of Persimmon.
In the Restaurant and Chef Awards, three Texas chefs and one cocktail program were left standing after the first round of voting.
In the Best Restaurant Design or Renovation category, Austin restaurant Otoko is up for the prize for restaurants with under 76 seats.
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Being electric, the air taxi is also "remarkably quiet", according to Eric Allison, Kitty Hawk's vice president of engineering. The aircraft uses self-flying software and 12 lift fans for a vertical take-off and landing, so a runway is not required.
But the nonprofit's high-profile salute to six women chefs in New York City comes in 2018 amid broader discussions of the limited representation and acknowledgment of women in professional kitchens across America, as well as the widespread incidence of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Winners will be named during an awards ceremony on May 7 in Chicago. While over 20 DC-area names were recognized in almost every category in this year's first round, only a handful remain contenders.
Highlands, which has been a finalist every year since 2009, has yet to win the elusive top restaurant award. Take a look at the full list of finalists here.
This year's results notwithstanding, St. Louis has enjoyed success at the James Beard Awards in recent years. New Orleans typically dominates this category.
Outstanding Baker: Perennial nominees Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of B. Patisserie in San Francisco are again finalists for this award.
Best New Restaurant: The Charter Oak in St. Helena is vying for this title against two Southern California restaurants (Kismet in Los Angeles, Felix Trattoria in Venice), one Seattle one (JuneBaby) and one NY one (Empellon Midtown).