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13 MN chefs and restaurants are nominated for prestigious James Beard Awards

They're nominated for categories that include Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Chef.

A bunch of Minnesota restaurants and chefs are up for prestigious James Beard Awards.

The annual awards – which have been dubbed the Oscars of the food world – honor the best of the best when it comes to places to eat in 21 different categories.

The semifinalists were picked from more than 24,000 online entries and announced Wednesday morning. Here are the ones from Minnesota:

The James Beard awards also have a best chef category for 10 different regions in the U.S. Seven chefs in Minnesota are up for the Best Chef Midwest award. They are:

The finalists for the 27th annual awards will be announced March 15, with the winners named at the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala that'll be held in Chicago on May 1.

The James Beard Foundation also honors the nations top cookbook authors, broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists. The winners of the James Beard Media Awards will be announced April 25.

Last year, one Minnesotan won a James Beard Award. Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis took home the Best Chef Midwest award.

For more information on how the nominees are picked, click here.

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