Ailing LI chef is Beard Award semifinalist for 3rd year

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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. Photo Credit:

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Gerry Hayden, partner in The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, has been named a best-chef semifinalist in the annual James Beard Foundation Awards for the third consecutive year.

Hayden, who's battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, no longer is the day-to-day chef at the four-star restaurant.

He reached the JBF Awards finals last year in the annual competition for best chef in the northeast. Hayden also was a semifinalist the year before.

No Long Island chef has ever won the Beard award. Nominees will be announced March 18.

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

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