Thursday, June 20, 2024

Award-winning local chef needs community votes to make the next round of competition

by BIZ Magazine

The James Beard Foundation has recognized local area culinarian and food service entrepreneur Cindy Gleason Johnson as a quarterfinalist in celebrity chef Carla Hall’s national Favorite Chef competition. She is asking the local community to help her get to the next round by sending in their votes by Thursday, August 3, to help strengthen her position and ultimately bring home the win. 

Johnson, Founder and CEO of catering operation Southern Faire, has repeatedly achieved winning and finalist status in regional competitions, including Louisiana Food Prize, Southern University’s  Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic, and Great Raft Cupcake Competition. She has been steadily gaining in the Favorite Chef competition since June this year to reach the quarter-final round, representing the top 1% of all chefs.  

“The community has been rallying around me, including support from friends and family and even people I don’t know around the country,” said Johnson. 

Winners are based on number of votes cast by the public. Voters can send in votes for free  every day until August 3 at 7 pm on Facebook at: 

https://favchef.com/2023/cindy-gleason-johnson

Additionally, tax-deductible “Champion Votes” can be purchased anytime to boost the votes for your favorite chef competitor while benefitting the James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to create a more equitable and sustainable future in the restaurant industry. 

The competition requires popular votes to push competitors through to the next round. Johnson will need to receive the top number of votes in her quarter-finalist group to get her to the semi-finals and, ultimately, the finals. 

The finalists are competing for a feature in Taste of Home Magazine, a $25,000 grand prize, and a one-of-a-kind cooking experience with renowned Chef Carla Hall of the TV show “The Chew” fame.

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