Two Minneapolis chefs among James Beard finalists

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Two chefs from the Twin Cities area have made the final cut for this year's James Beard Awards.

Jack Riebel, the chef and co-owner of Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis, and Michelle Gayer, the chef and owner of Salty Tart in Minneapolis, are both finalists for the best chef in the Midwest, the Star Tribune reports.

Last month, seventeen restaurants and chefs from Minnesota's culinary scene were named semifinalists.

The winners will be announced May 6 in New York City.

The Business Journal notes some Minnesota media also made the list of James Beard finalists, including:

  • Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Mpls.-St. Paul magazine writer, is a finalist for the MFK fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
  • Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, producers of "The Perennial Plate: Real Food World Tour," are nominated for the best on-location video webcast.
  • "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern is a finalist for Outstanding Personality/Host category.
  • Zimmern and co-producer Colleen Needles Steward are also in the running for best on-location TV Program award.

Click here, for the complete list of nominees.

Kramarczuk’s sausage shop is one of five restaurants in the country also being honored with the James Beard American Classic Award this year.

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