OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi chef has won a major culinary award after five previous nominations.

The James Beard Foundation this week named Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford as its 2019 winner for best chef in the foundation's South region.

Bhatt tells The Oxford Eagle winning was "just an incredible feeling."

He's thanking Oxford restauranteur John Currence, whose City Grocery Restaurant Group owns Snackbar, City Grocery and other restaurants in Oxford. Bhatt also attributes his success to the restaurant's staff.

Bhatt has been the lead chef at Snackbar since it opened in 2009.

The foundation's South region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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