A record 17 restaurants and chefs in Minnesota have earned a spot on the list of semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Minnesota Public Radio reports. That's one more nod that last year's record.
Butcher & the Boar, a new Minneapolis eatery, is one of the semifinalists for Best New Restaurant in the country, while Lucia's Restaurant in Minneapolis is nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category.
The Star Tribune notes ten Twin Cities chefs from eight restaurants are recognized in the Best Chef, Midwest category. They include:
Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg of Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Robbinsdale.
Steven Brown of Tilia in Minneapolis
Mike DeCamp of La Belle Vie in Minneapolis
Doug Flicker of Piccolo in Minneapolis
Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart in Minneapolis
Jack Riebel of Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis
Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul
Sameh Wadi of Saffron Restaurant & Lounge in Minneapolis
Click here, for the complete list of semifinalists.
The finalists will be named on March 18 and the winners will be announced on May 6.