One local chef is garnering national attention named among the best of the best. Matthew McClure of the Hive restaurant in Bentonville at the 21c Museum Hotel is one of the semifinalists for the 2014 Best Chef Award for the southern region by the James Beard Foundation.
The selection process began in October with an open call online allowing anyone to submit up to two entries per category. After receiving close to 40,000 submissions, the top restaurant and chef committees were composed of critics, writers, and editors, who created the list of semifinalists, culled from the open call, for each award, according to the Beard website.
The prestigious James Beard Restaurant Awards ceremony will be held in May 2 to May 5 in New York City.