4 Twin Cities chefs up for James Beard Awards

Chef/author Sean Sherman is also nominated in the book category.

The finalists for this year's prestigious James Beard Awards have been revealed – and Minnesota is well represented.

The Twin Cities has one nominee in the national finals and three chefs in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category.

The national finalist is Diane Yang, the executive pastry chef of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, whose fabulous dessert concoctions have seen her named a finalist for "Outstanding Pastry Chef."

Minneapolis dominates the Best Chef: Midwest category with three out of five nominations.

Steven Brown of Tilia, Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, and Ann Kim of Young Joni have made the cut.

In the James Beard Book Awards, The "Sioux Chef" Sean Sherman is a finalist in the "American" category for "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," published by University of Minnesota Press.

Minnesota had a dozen chefs and restaurants make the semifinals, including 112 Eatery for "Outstanding Service," the Grand Cafe for "Best New Restaurant" and Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma for "Outstanding Chef."

You can see the full list of finalists here. Winners will be announced on May 7.

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