Birmingham’s Highlands Bar & Grill Nominated by the James Beard Foundation (Again)

Anyone who’s ever worked with Frank Stitt—or simply eaten one of his culinary creations—knows that he’s one of the best chefs in the country, if not the world.

So when it was announced today that Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Restaurant in America for a fifth straight year, it was far from a surprise.

A major supporter of Alabama Gulf Seafood, Stitt is certainly no stranger to the James Beard Awards. The Alabama native was named Best Chef in the Southeast in 2001, and he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2011.

If history is any indicator, Stitt’s odds of winning are as good as ever. Last year’s winner, Boulevard (of San Francisco), had previously been nominated for Most Outstanding Restaurant seven years straight before finally winning in its eighth year.

Congratulations are also in order for our friends at Cooking Light magazine. Ann Taylor Pittman is a finalist for a James Beard Journalism Award for her work with the Birmingham-based magazine.

The 2013 James Beard Award winners will be announced on May 6 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. To see the rest of the James Beard Award nominees, view the list here.

If you want to try one of Stitt’s Alabama Gulf seafood recipes at home, check out his recipe for Pickled Shrimp.