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Story by Eric E. Harrison for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Preacher's Son, 201 NW A St., Bentonville, is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in the nationwide "Outstanding Hospitality" category, while two Bentonville chefs — Rafael Rios of Yeyo's and Matthew McClure of The Hive — are once again semifinalists for "Best Chef, South" (Alabama, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi). Neither chef is a stranger to being nominated, though no Arkansas chef has ever won. Rios was a 2020 "Best Chef: South" semifinalist; McClure was a "Best Chef: South" semifinalist six years running, 2014-19. See the complete list and get more information on the timeline for this year's awards at