Hardette Harris named semi-finalist, James Beard Awards

Hardette Harris in Shreveport, LA named semifinalist for James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation (JBF), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating, supporting, and elevating the individuals shaping America’s food culture, announced Hardette Harris, owner of Us Up North, as a semifinalist for the prestigious Best Chef South Region Award.

What is the James Beard Foundation?

Established over 30 years ago, the James Beard Foundation has been at the forefront of championing a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability. The Foundation’s mission is to honor and uplift the diverse communities that contribute to America’s rich food landscape, ensuring a resilient and flourishing industry for generations to come.

The James Beard Foundation brings its mission to life through various initiatives, including the annual Awards, industry and community-focused programs, advocacy efforts, partnerships, and events nationwide. The Foundation strives to amplify new voices, celebrate trailblazers, and support those committed to shaping a more equitable and sustainable future—embracing what they term “Good Food for Good®.”

Who is Hardette Harris?

Hardette Harris, renowned for her dedication to celebrating North Louisiana cuisine and owner of Us Up North, has earned recognition as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award in the Best Chef South Region category. Harris, reflecting on the acknowledgment, shared, “I have worked so hard. The kind of hard no one sees day to day, and I’m still at it. Celebrating North Louisiana cuisine is what I do, and to be recognized for it means the world to me.”

As a semifinalist, Hardette Harris joins a distinguished group of culinary professionals whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the culinary world. The Foundation’s commitment to recognizing excellence in the industry aligns with its broader vision of fostering a food culture that values talent, diversity, and sustainability.

The James Beard Awards, considered the Oscars of the food world, represent the pinnacle of achievement in the culinary field. The announcement of Hardette Harris as a semifinalist in the Best Chef South Region category reflects not only her personal accomplishments but also the vibrancy and significance of North Louisiana cuisine on the national stage.

Credit: Us Up North Facebook Page
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Paul Savage, Jr.

Paul Savage, Jr. is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and is the owner, founder, & designer of Savage Creative Solutions. Savage Creative Solutions is a full-service, integrated marketing agency headquartered in Shreveport, LA with a growing national footprint across multiple industries. Savage is a local marketing and communication professional, entrepreneur, and accomplished author. His debut memoir, "Diary of A Testicular Cancer Survivor," has been featured on Amazon's best-seller list.

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