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3 Twin Cities chefs are James Beard finalists, but restaurants miss out

No Minnesota chefs or eateries are up for national awards.

Out of 13 Twin Cities chefs and restaurants that were named as James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists, only 3 have made it to the final.

The finalists for the prestigious awards, dubbed the "Oscars of the food world," were announced on Wednesday ahead of its prize-giving ceremony on May 6.

And while the Twin Cities are one again well represented in the regional Best Chef: Midwest category, none of the Minnesota contenders for a national award made it to the final list of nominees.

Minneapolis chefs make up 3 of the 5 finalists for Best Chef: Midwest, with Grand Cafe's Jamie Malone, Young Joni's Ann Kim, and Hai Hai's Christina Nguyen up for the gong.

The same category was won last year by Gavin Kaysen, of Spoon & Stable and Bellecour.

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Twin Cities restaurants that were semifinalists for national awards included Popol Vuh (Best New Restaurant), Restaurant Alma (Outstanding Restaurant), and The Bachelor Farmer (Outstanding Wine Program) in Minneapolis.

Rikki Giambruno of Hyancinth in St. Paul (Rising Star Chef) and Diane Moua of Spoon and Stable (Outstanding Pastry Chef) were also semifinalists, while Brenda Langton and Timothy Kane of Spoonriver were nominated in the Outstading Restaurateur category.

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