Moxy chef, owner is a semifinalist for Beard award
Matt Louis, owner and chef at Moxy in Portsmouth, is a James Beard Best Chef Northeast semifinalist. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)
PORTSMOUTH — For a fourth time, the owner and chef at Moxy on Penhallow Street in Portsmouth has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Award.
Matt Louis, who also owns The Franklin on Fleet Street, is the only chef from New Hampshire nominated in the “Best Chef: Northeast” category. Twenty chefs from the region were selected for the list.
Louis specializes in using local foods to create new tapas style dishes for diners at Moxy.
“I am very grateful that our team and community is being recognized by such an important organization and foundation. It’s a diverse list which shows the amazing creative talent that is our there,” Louis said in a statement after receiving the news Thursday morning.
The James Beard Awards were established in 1990 to recognize culinary professionals for excellence in their fields.
The finalists will be announced by the foundation on March 14.
The winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala on May 7 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.