Lee Richardson, top chef at the Capital Hotel and genius behind the ever changing and inventive offerings at Ashley’s and the Capital Bar, is again in the running for an award in the annual James Beard Foundation restaurant award competition.

Here’s a link to all the semi-finalists. Richardson is in the running as best chef in the South


UPDATE: Lee’s many fans also urge others to click here to get involved in a popular vote contest for a Food and Wine magazine contest in which he’s a strong contender for Midwest honors.