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'I can't even tell you how much of an honor this is,' chef says of finalist designation


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — College football has the Heisman Trophy, actors have the Oscars and chefs have the James Beard Foundation Awards, one of the highest honors they can receive.

West Virginia chef Paul Smith is making history by becoming a finalist for the 2023 James Beard Awards.

“This is it. This is where it all happens,”  Smith said as gave a quick tour of Charleston restaurant 1010 Bridge, where he is the executive chef.

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