You go, Margot!

Margot McCormack is owner-chef of East Nashville’s Margot Café & Bar and nearby Marché Artisan Foods.

Kudos to Margot McCormack, longtime Nashville kitchen paragon and member of our very own Nashville Farmers’ Market Board, for being named a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation.

Margot, who has been on the James Beard long list several times but never a nationwide shortlist, is grateful for the appreciation of her work. “I think what’s happening is [JBF] is starting to look deeper and more long-term,” she says. “They’re considering how people are contributing to food history.”

The chef who has done so much to shape Nashville’s food culture obviously appreciates the recognition after so many years of hard work by her and her staff. “It’s reassuring that an old dog can get some acknowledgement,” Margot quips, while also noting the significantly higher number of women who earned James Beard nominations this year.

“My nomination also shows that you don’t have to have a fancy kitchen or tons of expenses to have a positive impact.”

Final nominees will be named on March 27.

Read more about Margot and other Nashville nominees in Nashville Scene, Nashville Eater, the Tennessean, and Nashville Business Journal.

David Gonnerman