James Beard Awards finalists announced
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The James Beard foundation just announced its short list of nominees for its May 4th restaurant awards banquet. It's tough for local restaurants to compete in the national categories (judges can only vote for those restaurants where they've dined and I'm sure more Midwestern judges have eaten at coastal restaurants than the inverse) and, unfortunately, all our representatives were dropped between the semis and the finals. Still, kudos to Larry D'Amico and Richard D'Amico, D'Amico & Partners (Outstanding Restaurateur), Lucia's Restaurant (Outstanding Restaurant), Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant & Lounge (Rising Star Chef of the Year), Khanh Tran, Cosmos (Outstanding Pastry Chef), and La Belle Vie (Outstanding Wine Service) for getting into the primaries.
In Best Chef Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI), we made some good strides, with several locals named in the semis:
Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis
Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
Scott Pampuch, Corner Table, Minneapolis
Alexander Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul, MN
Stewart Woodman, Heidi's Minneapolis
Somewhat unsurpringly, last year's three nominees again made the short-list:
Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery, Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, and Alexander Roberts of
Restaurant Alma are up against Gerard Craft of Niche in St. Louis and Colby Garrelts of
Bluestem Kansas City, MO.
Congrats, guys! We'll be rooting for you on May 4th!