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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann


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Vivek Surti of Tailor has earned a prestigious accolade as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in Southeast in advance of the 30th annual James Beard Awards. The James Beard Foundation announced its list today of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists representing a wide collection of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations across twelve regions. This honor for Surti comes on the heels of earning coveted spots for his restaurant Tailor on Bon Appétit’s Hot 10 and Thrillist’s Best New Restaurants lists.

"It is such a huge and unexpected honor to be recognized as one of the best chefs in this region, and I am humbled to be in the company of other Nashville friends and regional chefs I admire," said Vivek Surti, culinary creator of Tailor. "Growing up, Gujarati food was something I took for granted. Being a First Generation American with parents of Indian heritage is a true blessing, and I couldn't be more honored to share our culture, cuisine and traditions with every single guest that walks through the door.”

Other Nashville chefs who are included in the twenty semifinalists for Best Chef in the Southeast include Josh Habiger (Bastion), Philip Krajeck (FOLK) and Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red).

Reservations to experience Tailor can be made online at at 6 p.m. and 8:30 every Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant is also available for private dining experiences upon request.

About Tailor Nashville

Tailor Nashville offers a simple, timeless dining experience that emulates an intimate dinner party in the way it fills both the bodies and souls of its guests. Culinary Creator Vivek Surti honors his heritage through the South Asian American cuisine that is representative of Surti being a first generation American of Indian descent. At Tailor Nashville, guests are welcomed and enjoy eight to ten dishes that are explained by the chefs with high touch service. Tailor offers two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday, and reservations for the dinner party must be made in advance online at


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