Congratulations to Athens' own Hugh Acheson, chef from Five and Ten, for his nomination in the "Best Chefs in the Southeast" category of the 2010 James Beard Awards! This is his second year in a row to be nominated for the award.

Competition includes Linton Hopkins of Atlanta's Restaurant Eugene, Sean Brock of McCrady's in Charleston, S.C., Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Bell Smith of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, N.C. The nominees were announced last week at Palace Cafe in New Orleans' French Quarter. The winners will be announced on May 3 at an event in New York (I will keep you updated!)

Established in 1990, the coveted James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and continue to emphasize the foundation's mission to celebrate, preserve and nurture America's culinary heritage and diversity.

Be sure to give a "congrats!" to Hugh next time you visit Five and Ten!