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2 Long Island chefs semifinalists for James Beard award

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of the North Fork Table & Inn in Southhold. (Credit: Jordanstudio.com)

Guy Reuge of Mirabelle restaurant in Stony Brook and Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold are semifinalists for best chef in the Northeast for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards.

No Long Island chef has won the honor.

Hayden has been a finalist the past two years and a semifinalist for three. Reuge was a semifinalist in 2010.

They join 18 others as semifinalists in the category. The candidates were announced at a news conference in Orlando. Finalists will be named on March 18 in Chicago. The annual awards ceremony and reception is slated for May 5 at Lincoln Center.

Reuge recently changed the menu format at Mirabelle, going more farm-to-table than before. Mirabelle has held a four-star rating in Newsday for decades, the latest in 2013 following the changes at the Three Village Inn, where Mirabelle and Mirabelle Tavern are situated.

Hayden is executive chef and partner at North Fork Table. He was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2011.

Mirabelle, 150 Main St., Stony Brook; 631-751-0555.

The North Fork Table & Inn, 57225 Main Rd. (Route 25), Southold; 631-765-0177.

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